Stowmarket woman says she is 'frightened' to leave the house after her home was burgled while in hospital with Covid-19
A woman from Stowmarket says that she is scared to leave the house after her home was burgled while in hospital.
Amanda Richardson, who lives in St Edmunds Road, returned home after spending a week in hospital with Covid-19 to find that several items of a sentimental value had been stolen.
The burglary has left Ms Richardson feeling unsafe, vulnerable and that she cannot leave, despite having to go for major brain surgery soon at Addenbrooke's Hospital, in Cambridge.
"I have not been very well for a long time," she said.
"I came out [of hospital] on the Sunday. I looked into the garden and noticed the shed had been broken into."
After inspecting her house further, she found that thieves had ransacked the majority of the house. When she walked into her bedroom, she found a picture of her late father lying face up at her on the floor.
Among the items stolen from her house were a gold St Christopher, a Maltese ring given to her by her dad, a Signet ring and a money box full of savings, which she planned on using to buy her grandson a new TV for Christmas.
"I feel like giving up," Amanda added. "It really has broken my heart, I can't believe people can be so cruel.
"I am just never going to get things like that back. I am just frightened, how can I live here in my own home?
"I have not left the house since it happened."
Amanda has lived in Stowmarket for the past nine years, but does not know many people in the area. Despite believing it to be a 'lovely place to live', her ordeal has left her questioning whether she can remain in the area.
A spokesperson for Suffolk Police said: "At some point between 11am on Saturday 2 October and 11am on Sunday 3 October, an unknown offender forced entry into a garden shed at a property in St Edmunds Road, Stowmarket.
"A spade was then used to gain entry into the property via a window. Once inside, a search was carried out and jewellery was stolen from within. Enquiries are ongoing."
Any witnesses or anyone with information, should contact Suffolk Police on 101 or the website, quoting crime number 37/55199/21.