Couple's shock as home burgled
A RETIRED couple from Connor Downs have been left with a "horrible feeling" after discovering they were the victims of a burglary.
Betty and Keith Hamshire were enjoying a weekend away in their campervan when their home on Telcarne Place was broken into on Sunday night.
On their drive home the next day, they received a phone call from their son alerting them to the news – but they were still shocked by what they found.
"There was just stuff strewn everywhere. They pulled everything apart, I think they were looking for jewellery; they took one gold chain which had sentimental value. There was no cash lying around. We don't have anything of any real value," said 60-year-old Mrs Hamshire.
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During the burglary, a laptop, iPod, camera and some other items were also taken from the house.
A neighbour was alerted to the break-in when he heard the couple's car being moved from the drive. He tried to confront the burglars, before returning indoors to call the police.
The intruders made off with the couple's silver Vauxhall Corsa, the keys for which were left in the property.
"Having to put things away, thinking that the stuff I put back someone else had pulled out – it's a horrible feeling. I had images of shapes in the room at night, it's quite frightening.
"My husband and I are strong-minded, we don't want it to get the better of us. But nevertheless, some thoughts soon creep into your mind. It's left me feeling quite shaky really. I don't want to leave the house."
The couple have lived at the house for 26 years and said it has always been a quiet neighbourhood, somewhere they never expected this to happen.
"We like to go away for the weekends and visit friends. Particularly as we are retired and that's the joy of being retired. It has put a different complexion on it."
Since the incident on Sunday night, Mr and Mrs Hamshire have had the locks replaced and are looking into better security for the windows, as well as installing a new alarm system.
Mrs Hamshire, a retired teacher, said she has also spoken to neighbours about implementing a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme.
Detective Constable Ayling, from Penzance CID, confirmed that the burglary occurred between 11.45pm on Sunday and 12.15am on Monday.
Speaking on Tuesday, he said there had been a spate of burglaries which police are investigating to determine if they are linked.
"We have had four incidents over the last 36 hours which we believe may be connected. We are doing our inquiries to establish this."
Of the incident at the Hamshire's property, Detective Constable Ayling added: "We are still looking for this vehicle and we are following up inquiries in relation to fingerprints."
The silver Vauxhall Corsa, registration number WL56 GKU, is being sought by police. Anyone with any information about the incident should contact 101, with reference AY/13/914.