A WHITCHURCH woman has spoken of her horror at returning home to find the house had been burgled just six weeks after she moved in.
Joanne Elson and her family had gone away to attend a christening, but returned to find items including £4,000 worth of jewellery had been stolen after intruders smashed their way into her home.
The incident took place on the weekend of May 5-6 leading to a police appeal for information over the break-in which she said had left her inconsolable and fearing she was unable to protect her three-year-old daughter in their own home.
"I couldn't believe it when I walked in," Joanne said. "All the patio doors had been smashed with a rock in quite a barbaric way.
"It was like something off The Bill - just horrendous. The fact someone has invaded our home is so unsettling. I’m not sure I could stay home alone while my partner is away on business ever again.
“It just leaves you so insecure and this is supposed to be our home - a place of sanctuary and security.
"They ransacked the house and got away with what they could. Now we feel as though we can't be content in our own home. It is the worst thing in the world."
The thieves got away with jewellery including diamonds, Joanne's mother's engagement ring, watches, and numerous sentimental items, as well as a Sony camcorder and a 40inch LCD television.
The burglary, which took place on just off the A41 Heath Road in Prees Heath, is one of two which occurred that weekend leading police to believe they could be linked.
The other, at a house in Chester Road, Whitchurch, involved the stealing of a green Vauxhall Astra car in which it is believed the thieves made their escape.
DC Mal Normandin, the investigating officer said: "I am appealing for any information which might help us identify those responsible or trace the stolen property, and would ask people to contact me at Shrewsbury police station on 101."
The car, which had the registration plate KP52 OMF, is understood to have last been seen heading towards the West Midlands.
It is thought to have been hanging around in the area for two hours between the break-ins which took place from 1pm on Saturday, May 5, and 11.50am the following Monday.
Information can also be given to the anonymous Crimestopper charity by calling 0800 555 111 for which a reward may be paid.