House burgled while family sleeping
A Renwick woman experienced a mother's worst nightmare when she found out an intruder had broken into her home in the middle of the night while her family was sleeping.
Ellie Morgan and her husband Tim Morgan were woken about 6am on Wednesday by police officers knocking on the door of their Renwick home. Mrs Morgan was with their two children, aged three and one, in their bedroom.
The police officers told Mr Morgan they had arrested a 16-year-old boy in Blenheim about 1.30am that morning who had been driving a vehicle stolen from Renwick.
Two wallets belonging to the couple were found on the teen, as well as Mr Morgan's iPad.
Mrs Morgan initially thought the items had been stolen out of their car, which had been parked in the driveway.
"I was with the kids in the bedroom and I came out and looked around, and said ‘where's my laptop?"'
Police told them the intruder would have entered the house between 11pm and 1am. The couple went to bed about 10.30pm.
"My initial thought was ‘oh my God, my son was sleeping in the bedroom, what if he had woken up and come out?'," she said.
A nappy bag containing her children's clothes, an iPod, and makeup was also taken, as well as her handbag.
Her laptop and empty handbag were found on the lawn while the nappy bag had been thrown over the fence into a neighbour's property.
Mrs Morgan was thankful the intruder had been caught.
"I was angry too, but the worst thing is ‘what if'," she said.
Police told her the 16-year-old was doing it to support his drug habit.
Police arrested a 16-year-old boy on Alabama Rd in Blenheim at 1.15am on Wednesday.
He was charged with three counts of unlawfully taking a vehicle, three counts of unlawfully interfering with a motor vehicle, and one count of burglary.
He appeared in the Blenheim Youth Court on Wednesday and was remanded in Child, Youth and Family custody.
He was to re-appear in court on Wednesday.
- The Marlborough Express