4-year-old girl left terrified by ‘monsters’ after farmhouse burglary ordeal

North Yorkshire Police is appealing for witnesses and information following a burglary on a farm in Thorpe Willoughby on New Year’s Eve.

The incident happened sometime between 1:00pm and 5:00pm on Tuesday (December 31, 2019) near to the Hambleton Roundabout on Selby Bypass.

Thieves gained entry by snapping the lock of a kitchen window and ransacked every room of the property before stealing a Canadian Ice diamond engagement ring with a white gold band and £800 of cash.

Police Investigator David Pegg of North Yorkshire Police said: “The victims returned to their home on New Year’s Eve and quickly realised that their home had been burgled after finding their front door wide and kitchen window wide open.

Every room had been rifled through and their four-year-old daughter, who saw the aftermath of the burglary, has been left terrified believing that ‘monsters’ are coming back to get her.

“I appeal to anyone who has any information that could help us to catch those responsible to come forward.”

Appeal for information

Police are appealing for information; in particular, they would like to hear from any dog walkers or employees of Network Rail who may have been in the vicinity between Saturday, December 28 and New Year’s Eve to contact police if they noticed any suspicious people or vehicles in the area the time.

They would also like to hear from anyone who has any CCTV or dash-cam footage captured in Thorpe Willoughby leading up to, and on New Year’s Eve, which may help the investigation.

Anyone who has any information which could assist the investigation is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police using 101, selecting option 2 and asking for David Pegg quoting reference number ‘12190238483’.

Those with information can also email on: [email protected] or anonymously through Crimestoppers on: 0800-555-111.