A Leeds grandmother undergoing treatment for cancer had thousands of pounds worth of valuables stolen from her home – as she enjoyed her first trip out in two weeks.
Mum-of-one Alison Kerry, 51, was at the White Rose Shopping Centre in Churwell with her husband Kevin when the burglars ransacked her Tingley home on Wednesday.
Alison was diagnosed with sarcoma – a cancer of the tissues – in December and moved from Whitby to her home city of Leeds to be nearer to St James’s Hospital.
The grandmother-of-one, who grew up in Morley, underwent her latest round of chemotherapy last month and the side effects left her too ill to leave her house for a fortnight.
When she returned from the shopping trip at 2.45pm on Wednesday, she discovered burglars had stolen her laptop, two televisions, sound system, sat nav, camera, iPhone and several items of jewellery, including her husband and grandmother’s wedding rings.
She said: “We feel violated. It’s the last thing we needed at a time like this when we are going through so much already.
“I was determined to go out that day as I’d been too ill to do anything and as we were driving up to the house, I saw the back door was wide open.
“My heart just sank. It’s sent me downhill to be honest.
“The laptop contains all the pictures from our lives over the last eight years, including pictures of my granddaughter.
“The burglars also took the external hard drive and I was devastated when I realised.
“If there was one thing I could have back, it would be that – it won’t be worth anything to anybody else.”
Alison and Kevin spent four years running Bino’s Bistro in Whitby before quickly moving back to Leeds six weeks ago.
The landlord of their rented home fitted an alarm the day after the burglary, which happened after thieves smashed a patio door and a side door.
Alison, who has a daughter Frances, 27, and a nine-month-old granddaughter Eva, said she was relieved about one thing – that her Cavalier King Charles spaniel Geordie wasn’t in the house at the time.
She added: “We had dropped him off at my brother’s house and I’m so relieved. He would have barked a bit and the burglars might have taken him or harmed him in some way.”
* Anyone with information about the burglary or who has been offered items for sale is asked to call Morley NPT on the non-emergency number 101.