Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Family’s stress caused by burglary

A FAMILY have spoken of their trauma caused by burglars who raided their home.

A FAMILY have spoken of their trauma caused by burglars who raided their home.

Two men stole possessions worth up to £15,000 when they broke into the family’ house in Silverdale Road, Wargrave, in October while the owners were on holiday.

The haul included a brooch made from gold mined by the victim’s grandfather in New Zealand, war medals, jewellery, electronic items and an electric guitar.

There was a great deal of damage to the house and dog dirt was stamped into carpets and the furniture in every room was scattered.

The medals and guitar have been returned after the men responsible were caught and convicted.

Christopher Kupiec, 31, of Purley, was jailed for two years at Reading Crown Court and Peter Cripps 32, from Tilehurst, was given a 12-month community order.

Kupiec was also given six months to run consecutively for his role in a theft of two bronze cannons worth £50,000 from Sonning Common, in November 2011.

The men were arrested while driving the Wargrave family’s stolen Ford Mondeo and both tested positive for cocaine.

In a statement, the family said: “This crime has created a great deal of stress, anxiety and strain within our family.

“We have also lost many irreplaceable valuable family items and suffered financial loss as a result of the crime.”

l More than £13,500 worth of jewellery was stolen from a house in St Marks Road, Henley, between March 8 and 18 while the owner was on holiday. The haul included bracelets and Tiffany 1837 silver cuff links.

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