Burglary victims: ‘We don’t want to live here now’

Donna Kereem and Chris Blythe
Donna Kereem and Chris Blythe

A CITY couple are devastated after photos of their first two years together and an engagement ring were stolen during a burglary.

Chris Blythe, of Springfield, came home from work at 5.50pm on Tuesday to find his house had been ransacked and two Olympus digital cameras, containing precious memories of his relationship with fiancee, Donna Kereem, had been stolen.

Thieves also stole a 43-inch plasma television, a large amount of jewellery – including the ring – and around 200 pairs of shoes, some of which were designer, in their original boxes.

Chris said: “I walked in and there was some paperwork on the floor. I thought Donna had been searching for something. I went in the kitchen and there was a case of knives on the floor from my chef days. I still thought it was just the cat. Then I saw the back door, which had been locked and bolted shut, had been smashed off and the TV was missing.

“I didn’t know what to do, I felt sick and gutted. I ran upstairs and found our room was trashed with all of our belongings thrown everywhere. You couldn’t see the bed or the carpet.”

Chris called Donna then police who rushed to the scene. He is now pleading with those responsible to at least return the camera’s memory cards.

They contain pictures from the past two years, including of a trip to Venice in September last year where Chris proposed.

He said: “They don’t care whose lives they are ruining. We don’t want to live here now. If someone can get in so easily we may as well leave the door open. If someone could just return those cards in the post then that would be it, no more said.”

Police are appealing for any witnesses to call them on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.