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Burglars break in through dog door

PUBLISHED: 13:04 17 May 2003 | UPDATED: 13:52 03 March 2010

AGILE burglars waited for an Ipswich mother to continue her daily routine before breaking into her house through a dog-flap.

Donna Bolsover was walking her dog, Saffy, as usual on Monday morning when the burglars struck at her home in Hartely Street.

AGILE burglars waited for an Ipswich mother to continue her daily routine before breaking into her house through a dog-flap.

Donna Bolsover was walking her dog, Saffy, as usual on Monday morning when the burglars struck at her home in Hartely Street.

While she was out burglars hopped over her back gate and squeezed through the small hole in the back door making off with her two young daughters' top-of-the-range mobile phones, some jewellery and 40 cigarettes.

Ms Bolsover said: "This was not done on the off-chance. I think whoever broke in must have been watching my movements and got to know my schedule.

"There is no way any body would shove their head through a dog flap without knowing the dog was not there."

"My daughters' jewellery was only worth about £55 but its not the cost it's the sentimental value that counts. It awful to think that our property has been invaded."

The 34-year-old mother-of-three did not dream that anyone would force their way through the flap which is the about the size of an A3 sheet of paper.

Although after the incident she found she could squeeze through quite easily.

Luckily Ms Bolsover had locked the door to the front room so the burglars could only access the kitchen and bathroom downstairs.

As she had the keys to the back door on her the culprits must have left through the flap.

The rest of the house is protected by an alarm that was installed after a previous burglary 13 years ago.

The burglary has left her children frightened to go to bed. Her eight-year-old son, Lewis, asked her to move his sweets from the kitchen for fear of them being stolen.

Ms Bolsover informed the police immediately and plans to cover the hole and put in a security camera for extra protection. "Then I will feel like a prisoner in my own home," she added.

Anyone with any information relating to this crime should contact Dc Dave Dulake on 01473 383133 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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