Heartless burglars steal Easter eggs and piggy bank in Weymouth

VICTIMS: Michelle Rainford with two of her children Kyle and Declan Harvey

VICTIMS: Michelle Rainford with two of her children Kyle and Declan Harvey

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A MUM has been left devastated after thieves stole her children’s Easter eggs and raided her disabled son’s piggy bank.

Michelle Rainford is warning other residents to be vigilant following the overnight raid in Weymouth.

Among the high-value items taken were a television, a laptop and X-Box games.

But Michelle says these mean nothing in comparison to the effect the burglary has had on her children. She said: “I feel really upset and violated.

“My 12 year-old son is autistic and doesn’t understand what’s happened and he’s too scared to sleep in the house.

“What kind of person steals from a child?”

Michelle said there is evidence to suggest the thieves opened and ate one of the Easter eggs as they were raiding the rest of the property.

They had also stolen silver change from her son’s piggy bank.

Michelle added: “I don’t have much money and I’d saved up to buy those Easter eggs.

“Until it happens to you, you don’t have any idea how violated you feel.

“I’m really upset that someone did this to my children.”

Forensic officers have searched the house for clues but police are yet to make any arrests.

They are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

A Dorset Police spokesman said: “Dorset Police received a report of a burglary that occurred at a property on Douglas Road, Weymouth.

“The incident happened sometime between 7pm on Monday, April 7 and 11am on Tuesday, April 8.

“The unknown offender stole a television, an X-Box games console and games, an iPod and an amount of cash.”

It is believed the thieves climbed in through a window when the family were away for the night.

Former Weymouth Carnival queen Michelle said she wants homeowners to take extra care this Easter weekend.

She said: “I want to warn residents to be vigilant.

“People need to be more aware, especially if they are going away over the Bank Holiday.

“If I can save one person from going through this, something good has come out of it.

“I didn’t have a lot to steal but someone else might.

“And if you are offered stolen goods, think about where they are coming from.

“It might seem like a bargain, you might have only paid £5 for a load of Easter eggs – but think about the impact on my children.

“And also handling stolen goods is a criminal offence.”

Also taken in the burglary was a necklace handed to Michelle by her late Nan. Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police on 101 quoting incident number 8:120

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7:38pm Sat 19 Apr 14

mistopher-christopher says...

Is it just me or does the little boy in the photograph have a look that says 'Easter Eggs, me? No mister, I haven't seen 'em"
Is it just me or does the little boy in the photograph have a look that says 'Easter Eggs, me? No mister, I haven't seen 'em" mistopher-christopher
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7:41pm Sat 19 Apr 14

mistopher-christopher says...

Genuine sympathy for the family after the trauma of the burglary.
Sorry for my earlier comment. Insensitive.
Genuine sympathy for the family after the trauma of the burglary. Sorry for my earlier comment. Insensitive. mistopher-christopher
  • Score: 2

10:40pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Micke12 says...

Sympathies for the anguish these people (meant loosely) have caused Michelle and the kids - one word - SCUMBAGS!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!

Hate to say it, but until the courts start giving proper sentences for burglars and other criminals, this will only keep on happening and more people will suffer this type of offence.

Justice is too soft, prisons are too cushy, and discharge grants too abused by prisoners when they are released. Supervision by the Probation Service after release from custody is too lax, and those sentenced to Community Punishment Orders or Supervision orders tend not to be jailed when they breach one of those orders.

If the courts issue an order and the offender breaches that order say by failing to attend, then that offender should be jailed unless there is reasonable grounds for not attending.

Those on supervision after release from prison who commit a new offence whilst subject to the supervision fort he period between the Automatic Release Date, normally 1/3 of the sentence if less than four years sentenced, should be sent back to prison to complete the remaining time, including any time spent on licence, so they are sent to prison to fully complete their original sentence, ie , 24 months, Automatic Release Date at 8 months, but 16 months left un-served, that whole duration to then be served, and then given a new sentence consecutively as punishment for the new offence, and that sentence should reflect the fact that the new offence was committed whilst on supervision after release from prison.

We need to make the punishment make the offenders not wanting to commit crimes again, but the current legal and custodial systems we have have been so watered down over the years by various governments, that offenders now accept a couple of months in prison as an occupational hazard, not as a danger to losing ones liberty for a long time.

I think the starting tariff for dwelling burglary should be 5 years, with all dwelling burglaries only being dealt with at the Crown Court as currently, magistrate's only have power to sentence to 6 months for one offence or 12 months total if they are hearing more than one offence. They have the power to send offenders to the Crown Court for sentence if they think their powers of sentence are not sufficient, but this only happens on rare occasions as the magistrates' like to follow the case through to completion.
Sympathies for the anguish these people (meant loosely) have caused Michelle and the kids - one word - SCUMBAGS!!!!!!!!!!!! !!! Hate to say it, but until the courts start giving proper sentences for burglars and other criminals, this will only keep on happening and more people will suffer this type of offence. Justice is too soft, prisons are too cushy, and discharge grants too abused by prisoners when they are released. Supervision by the Probation Service after release from custody is too lax, and those sentenced to Community Punishment Orders or Supervision orders tend not to be jailed when they breach one of those orders. If the courts issue an order and the offender breaches that order say by failing to attend, then that offender should be jailed unless there is reasonable grounds for not attending. Those on supervision after release from prison who commit a new offence whilst subject to the supervision fort he period between the Automatic Release Date, normally 1/3 of the sentence if less than four years sentenced, should be sent back to prison to complete the remaining time, including any time spent on licence, so they are sent to prison to fully complete their original sentence, ie , 24 months, Automatic Release Date at 8 months, but 16 months left un-served, that whole duration to then be served, and then given a new sentence consecutively as punishment for the new offence, and that sentence should reflect the fact that the new offence was committed whilst on supervision after release from prison. We need to make the punishment make the offenders not wanting to commit crimes again, but the current legal and custodial systems we have have been so watered down over the years by various governments, that offenders now accept a couple of months in prison as an occupational hazard, not as a danger to losing ones liberty for a long time. I think the starting tariff for dwelling burglary should be 5 years, with all dwelling burglaries only being dealt with at the Crown Court as currently, magistrate's only have power to sentence to 6 months for one offence or 12 months total if they are hearing more than one offence. They have the power to send offenders to the Crown Court for sentence if they think their powers of sentence are not sufficient, but this only happens on rare occasions as the magistrates' like to follow the case through to completion. Micke12
  • Score: -4

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