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