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Woman Finds Intruders In Home
A Langloan woman has warned fellow residents to be on their guard after burglars targeted her home. Michelle Hay, 29, was left terrified when four thieves broke into her garage extension while she was at home.
The gang made off with several valuable possessions belonging to Michelle and husband Michael, including golf clubs and an expensive bottle of whisky worth £2,000.
The items were later recovered nearby, with the whisky stashed under a pile of old car tyres.
Michelle said she was left petrified as she heard the intruders rummaging through her belongings. She said: “It was 10pm and my husband was out. It was terrifying, I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.
“The monetary value of the whisky and other items doesn’t really matter. It’s just the fact that people were in our house that scares me.”
Michelle was alerted to the break-in by a neighbour who saw the thieves on her property.
She explained: “My neighbour phoned and asked me if Michael was home. When I said no she said ‘there are four people in your extension’.
“I jumped up and locked my doors. My heart was in my mouth and I was shaking. I ran upstairs and called Michael and he was home just five minutes later.
“Fortunately my neighbour’s husband had managed to scare them off.
“Some of the things they took have been found and taken by police for dusting, but I’m not sure yet what else they might have taken. A property nearby has CCTV, so we’re hoping that may help identify them. It is an absolutely disgusting thing to do.”
Inspector Louise Brownlie of Coatbridge police said: “Items were recovered from the break-in but we don’t have a full list of property taken yet. At the moment there are no suspects but we are working on the case.”
And in a warning to neighbours Michelle added: “It doesn’t matter if it’s 10am or 10pm, make sure your doors are locked.”