Plea after retired Chapel St Leondards couple’s home is ransacked

Son offers £300 to help lead to the successful prosecution of those responsible

Now their son, Ben Roberts, is offering £300 for information leading to the successful prosecution of those responsible.

Mr Roberts says he believes the incident in Sunningdale Close happened overnight on Monday, May 27.

He said: “My mum had been rushed to hospital and when she came out my dad took her away for a few days.

“When my sister went in with some fresh bread and milk for their return she saw the place had been done over.

“She had to leave everything as it was so my mum and dad could see what was missing, but managed to clean-up the finger print dust.

“They really didn’t need to come home to this. I just can’t get over the fact someone did that to my mum and dad which is why I’m trying to do my bit.”

Among the items stolen, the burglars took two televisions, jewellery, £200 cash, a camcorder and a digital camera.

Mr Roberts said: “Maybe someone has been offered something cheap or knows something. I’m hoping they might come forward.”

It is believed the burglars may have been disturbed as one of the televisions had been dropped outside.

Mr Roberts said: “It couldn’t have been the night before because it rained and the television was dry.”

He said he had bought his parents a new television, but they were still struggling to come to terms with what had happened.

He said: “My dad got up one night to find my mum cleaning because she said the place felt dirty.

“These scumbags don’t realise the upset they have caused. I’m installing a security system to help them feel less threatened but it is hard for my parents to get over this while whoever is responsible is still out there.

“They worry they may have been watched because the neighbours put their car in the drive to make it look like no-one was away.

“They have lived in Chapel St Leonards for 14 years and this has been a huge shock.”

Lincolnshire Police have confirmed they are investigating the incident. Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, quoting incident 125 of May 27. Alternatively they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.