Leeds break-in victim: ‘Please return prized chinchilla’

Keith Rogers with one of his 12 chinchillas
Keith Rogers with one of his 12 chinchillas
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A Chinchilla enthusiast was left distraught after returning from holiday to find burglars had thrown two of his beloved pets out of his window.

Keith Rogers, who owns 12 of the rodents, was in Portugal when he had a call from a friend to say that his flat in Blenheim View, Woodhouse, Leeds, had been broken into.

The thieves only took a bottle of brandy and some items of clothing.

But they also chucked two of the chinchillas from the first floor window, 15ft above ground.

One was later found alive in a neighbour’s garden.

The other, called Charlie, is still missing.

Mr Rogers, 48, said: “It’s heartbreaking to think that he’s out there somewhere suffering or that someone could be harming him.

“I really hope someone decent has picked him up and is looking after him.”

Mr Rogers, who lives alone, has kept chinchillas – which are slightly larger than squirrels and are native to South America – for the last nine years.

A friend who was looking after his pets while we was in the Algarve called him after discovering the break-in last Monday, January 19.

Mr Rogers got on the first available flight home and found that intruders had ransacked his flat and the two chinchillas were missing.

“They had opened a window and thrown them out,” he said.

“I was absolutely beside myself.

“They mean more to me than any amount of money.”

Mr Rogers is offering a £50 reward for the return of his missing chinchilla.

Call him on 07477411004.

Anyone with information about the burglary should call the neighbourhood crime team at Woodhouse police station via 101.