Burglars emptied schoolboy’s bag to escape with loot from Northampton family’s home

Burglars broke into the McCafertys' home by removing a rear window pane.
Burglars broke into the McCafertys' home by removing a rear window pane.

Cold-hearted burglars needlessly ripped a ballerina out of a teenage girl’s music box, took sentimental trinkets and threw a boy’s school homework on the floor during a ransacking of a Northampton home.

The McCafferty family are appealing for witnesses to come forward after burglars broke into their house in High Street, Upton while they were on holiday in Portugal this week.

The family-of-four returned to find raiders had removed a glass panel to a back door and rifled through the house, for what appears to have been a long time. Mum Colette McCafferty, 39, said burglars “must have gone through every pocket and every draw” and even used her eight-year-old son’s school bag to carry some of the goods away, emptying it of the youngster’s homework first.

While Playstation 4, Xbox, an Apple laptop and a television were taken, Miss McCafferty said the family are dumbfounded as to why the raiders took sentimental items belonging to her 14-year-old daughter, who was born prematurely.

The raiders took a St Christopher’s cross, which her grandmother had left in her incubator as a baby and they even opened up a childhood music box and took the ballerina figurine from inside it.

“These things meant such a lot to her,” Miss McCafferty said. “What they did to my daughter’s bedroom was a disgrace.”

Northamptonshire Police is appealing for witnesses to the incident, which is believed to have taken place overnight between Wednesday, February 17, and the following morning.

Anyone with information is asked to call the force on 101.

Miss McCafferty, who is originally from Glasgow, said the family was seeking compensation from their insurers.

But she added that the sentimental items could never be replaced.

She said: “I just want to get awareness out there that this sort of thing happens.

“These people have spent such a long time in my house, they have gone through every single drawer.

“A lot of what they have taken isn’t worth a single pound, but it means so much to my daughter.”