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Helpless family can only watch as hooded thief ransack home – while they’re on beach holiday 130 miles away

Aug 12, 2017
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Donna and Nathan Marusamy watched helplessly as the hooded thief rifled through their possessions and stole their passports, the key to a Mercedes and jewelery


A family watched terrifying footage of a hooded burglar ransacking their house – while they were on holiday 130 miles away.

Donna Marusamy received an notification on her mobile phone that an intruder had broken in as it sensors detected movement while enjoying a break in Burnham-on-Sea.

She and her husband Nathan were forced to watch the CCTV footage in horror and said they felt “helpless” as the hooded man, who walked with a limp, moved through their home.

He stole their passports and jewelery as well as sentimental items, including Nathan’s wedding ring and his father’s wedding ring.

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The thief also took the spare key to a Mercedes car – but left laptops and cash, the Birmingham Mail reports.

The burglar ransacked their home without realising he was on CCTV
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The couple were enjoying a holiday when Donna received a notification on her phone
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They immediately alerted family members – and Donna’s brother-in-law arrived while the burglar was rifling through the family’s posessions.

He asked two people nearby if they had seen anyone running from the scene, people who police now believe were acting as lookouts.

The thief is believed to have hidden while a light was shone in the home, then fled before Walsall police, including four cars and a dog unit, arrived 10 to 15 minutes later.

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The burglar brazenly rifled through their possessions
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He disappeared upstairs as Donna’s brother-in-law rushed to the house
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As soon as Donna’s brother-in-law got in his car, the two “lookouts” were on their phones.

Donna was so angered by the break-in, at her home in Lakeside Avenue, Streetly, Birmingham, that she posted footage from the camera on Facebook .

It has already been shared more than 3,000 times.

He moved his way through their house, stealing the key to a Mercedes car
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Sentimental items including rings were stolen in the burglary
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“We had a notification on our phone and saw somebody in our back garden shining a torch light,” says the 37-year-old mum-of-two. “He got in through our conservatory and removed the glass and put it neatly to the side. Then he stepped inside.

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“I was horrified and scared, helpless. He walked straight past the CCTV camera. I panicked and thought ‘This is really happening.’

“We called my brother-in-law and the police, who had to come from Bloxwich.

“My brother-in-law got there first, shone a light through the window and the burglar legged it.”

Among the items stolen was an Air-King Rolex watch, Indian gold jewellery, a Bulgari wedding ring and another wedding ring.

“I wish to god I hadn’t seen it unfold,” says Donna, who works as an acting headteacher in Walsall. “It’s a violation of your own privacy. They just walk in but the repercussions are massive.

“Now, my children sleep in the same bed as me, in fear of someone coming into the home. It will take us time to feel safe in our home.”

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