Cwmbran family slept while £70k worth of belongings stolen overnight

A CWMBRAN family had more than £70,000 worth of possessions stolen in a burglary on Sunday night, including three cars parked outside their home.

Daughter Nathalie, 24, was visiting her parents, while her brother Harrison, 26, is in hospital as he was knocked over on Boxing Day. Both of their cars were stolen, along with mum Penny’s, 55. Dad Richard Cole, also 55, did not have his car stolen, so the family believe this was a burglary involving at least four people.

The stolen cars were a blue BMW 1 Series convertible with the registration plate YK11 XNP; a white VW Polo with the registration plate T24TTS; and a black VW Polo with the registration plate CA12 VWG.

The thieves broke into the house, on Pentre Lane in Cwmbran, as the family slept, stealing a brand new Mac Airbook, two laptops, a professional camera, jewellery, cash, designer sunglasses, a mobile phone and two wallets which held credit cards, driving licences and more. The family have cancelled all the cards.

Ms Cole said: “It’s been such a shock, we were all sleeping upstairs. With my brother being knocked over as well, it’s been a really bad end to the year for all of us.”

Ms Cole’s brother was knocked over by a taxi on Boxing Day outside the Riverfront Theatre, breaking his leg in four places. He remains in hospital, but his sister says he is on the mend.

The family said there was no sign of forced entry, and think the burglars must have used a wooden rod and stuck it through the letterbox to pick up the front door keys. They left the rod in the garden.

Ms Cole added: “Police said it’s really unusual for burglars to take three cars. I actually woke up at 2.30am. I heard a noise, but with the bad weather we’ve been having, I told myself it was just the wind and went back to sleep. I’m really glad I didn’t go downstairs, as who knows what could have happened. My car was not meant to be here, neither was my brother’s. It’s just the worst luck. It’s absolutely devastating to be honest.”

If you have any information, call police on 101.

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12:02pm Tue 31 Dec 13

sperduti says...

well was this house alarmed ?? it should have been with all that hi tech stuff inside !!! and what about the alarms on the cars?? ours is so noisy it would wake up the street if it went off!! so would our burglar alarm !! so sorry for this family with what has already happened , wish you a speedy recovery and hope you get your items all back !
well was this house alarmed ?? it should have been with all that hi tech stuff inside !!! and what about the alarms on the cars?? ours is so noisy it would wake up the street if it went off!! so would our burglar alarm !! so sorry for this family with what has already happened , wish you a speedy recovery and hope you get your items all back ! sperduti

7:10pm Tue 31 Dec 13

bronski says...

"And what about car alarm" did u not read the story. They stole the keys.
"And what about car alarm" did u not read the story. They stole the keys. bronski

11:05am Wed 1 Jan 14

foxy3rd says...

It just goes to show that you shouldn't leave your house/car keys lying around especially so close to the front door,especially if the house is not alarmed.
Someone may inconveniently just come along with just the right type of pole and look through your letterbox in case you've left them in a very convenient place for them to fish out.
It just goes to show that you shouldn't leave your house/car keys lying around especially so close to the front door,especially if the house is not alarmed. Someone may inconveniently just come along with just the right type of pole and look through your letterbox in case you've left them in a very convenient place for them to fish out. foxy3rd

11:11am Wed 1 Jan 14

foxy3rd says...

Very,very silly.
Very,very silly. foxy3rd

12:14pm Wed 1 Jan 14

mvaone says...

My thoughts go out to this family, having had the same thing happen to me it's not pleasant. I hope the police catch the scum that did this as they have obviously been watching the house as they took all 3 cars, However it's very unlikely.
My thoughts go out to this family, having had the same thing happen to me it's not pleasant. I hope the police catch the scum that did this as they have obviously been watching the house as they took all 3 cars, However it's very unlikely. mvaone

5:02pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Dave on his Soapbox says...

mvaone says...
I hope the police catch the scum that did this ........ However it's very unlikely.

......yes 70% go undetected.....http:
//www.bbc.co.uk/news
/uk-25546086
mvaone says... I hope the police catch the scum that did this ........ However it's very unlikely. ......yes 70% go undetected.....http: //www.bbc.co.uk/news /uk-25546086 Dave on his Soapbox

6:03pm Wed 1 Jan 14

russ angel says...

Something is odd about this.My sense of smell tells me.
Something is odd about this.My sense of smell tells me. russ angel

6:03pm Wed 1 Jan 14

russ angel says...

Something is odd about this
Something is odd about this russ angel

7:26am Thu 2 Jan 14

rightsideup says...

russ angel wrote:
Something is odd about this.My sense of smell tells me.
Then I suggest you make an appointment to see your GP..................
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[quote][p][bold]russ angel[/bold] wrote: Something is odd about this.My sense of smell tells me.[/p][/quote]Then I suggest you make an appointment to see your GP.................. ........ rightsideup

10:10am Thu 2 Jan 14

Valley_00 says...

foxy3rd wrote:
Very,very silly.
What an absolute tool you are. Such a stupid comment. Zip it foxy.
[quote][p][bold]foxy3rd[/bold] wrote: Very,very silly.[/p][/quote]What an absolute tool you are. Such a stupid comment. Zip it foxy. Valley_00

4:44pm Thu 2 Jan 14

russ angel says...

I apologise my comment sounded rude.Just hard to think that someone can get away with so much and cause so much misery.My condolences to the family.
I apologise my comment sounded rude.Just hard to think that someone can get away with so much and cause so much misery.My condolences to the family. russ angel

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