Cou­ple in Broughty Ferry left ‘dis­gusted’ by sneak-in theft

CRIME: Hus­band and wife in shock as man en­ters home to steal and leaves with­out a trace

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS - STE­WART ALEXAN­DER

“He was just yards away from me. I as­sumed he was Joe

A wheel­chair-user has spo­ken of his dis­gust af­ter a thief fol­lowed him home and stole his wife’s hand­bag while she was in bed.

Shock­ing CCTV footage caught the cul­prit in the act as he fol­lowed Joe Kelly from the shops to his Broughty Ferry home.

Joe, 56, can be seen mak­ing his way along Cas­tle Street be­fore a man be­gins fol­low­ing close be­hind him.

Joe had been re­turn­ing home from nearby Brook Street, where he had been shop­ping.

The cul­prit – who was wear­ing dark cloth­ing and had short hair – fol­lowed Joe into his home at Cas­tle Street as he was putting his shop­ping into the fridge.

Once in the prop­erty, he stole a hand­bag be­long­ing to Joe’s wife Yas­mine which con­tained a swim­ming medal be­long­ing to her late sis­ter.

Yas­mine, 54, said: “I felt phys­i­cally sick that some­one came into our home. It must have hap­pened around 9.45am.

“We reckon the guy had fol­lowed Joe home. He’s then come into the prop­erty and gone into the be­d­room.

“I had my back to the be­d­room door and he picked up my bag – he was just yards away from me. I as­sumed he was Joe.”

The pair re­alised he had been on the premises when the front door slammed shut.

Joe – who said he was “dis­gusted” at what hap­pened – said: “As soon as I heard the door slam I shouted through to Yas­mine and said ‘was that you?’.”

The cou­ple then dis­cov­ered that Yas­mine’s red hand­bag – con­tain­ing her late sis­ter Elana’s swim­ming medal – was miss­ing.

Yas­mine said: “We con­tacted the po­lice straight away. I was aware our neigh­bours had CCTV cam­eras so we had a look.

“In the footage, you can see the man hov­er­ing about out­side our home. He ap­pears to have fol­lowed Joe home be­fore wait­ing out­side.”

The cou­ple, who have lived in the area for more than 18 years, said po­lice re­trieved the bag – but the medal and her purse were gone.

Yas­mine said: “When the po­lice re­turned the bag the purse was miss­ing. There was a sum of cash of about £60.

“And I was gut­ted that Elana’s swim­ming medal had been stolen. I would re­ally like to get her medal back.”

A spokesper­son for Po­lice Scot­land said there had been no ar­rests in con­nec­tion with the in­ci­dent.

CCTV pic­tures show wheelchair­bound Joe be­ing fol­lowed by the un­known cul­prit.

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