Burglars raided the home of BBC Breakfast presenter Susanna Reid as she slept upstairs with her family, it was revealed today.
The thieves forced their way into Ms Reid's south London property during the early hours of yesterday morning, making off with a haul that including a flat screen television and her Vauxhall Zafira car.
However, the 40-year-old presenter, who shares the terraced home in Lambeth with partner Dominic Cotton and their three sons, only realised there had been a break-in later in the morning.
"We found out we had been burgled when our six-year-old son came upstairs and said: 'Daddy, where's the TV?"' she told The Daily Mail.
"I'm just so relieved I didn't bump into them.
"They swept up a few valuable items and made a dash. Thankfully they didn't take anything of great personal value - or the Children's Christmas Toys."
She added: "The boys know what happened, but they are not too concerned. They were just excited about the police coming around and dusting the fingerprints.
"Really, the thieves just took hardware and technical stuff, nothing that can't be replaced. It's a bit frustrating they took our battered old Vauxhall, as we use it to get around. Hopefully they'll abandon it somewhere as it's not worth very much."
Miss Reid broke the news of the raid by posting the statement "burgled" on her Twitter account yesterday morning.
Later, she added the message: "Thanks all for brilliant msges of support. Have done all admin. If u spot abandoned but well-loved silver Vauxhall Zafira in Lambeth."
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said Lambeth Burglary Unit was investigating the break-in.
He added: "A report of a burglary was made to Lambeth Police yesterday morning. The burglary took place overnight. It appears the burglar entered the premises by forcing a front window. Property stolen included a television and the occupants' car."