An Aberdeen woman today told of her shock after thieves ransacked her home.
Amy You, 42, has been left “scared” after her 14-year-old son returned home from school to find the thieves in her bedroom.
The quick-thinking youngster ran into his own room and called police, forcing the raiders to flee by smashing their way through a rear patio door.
Detectives said the criminals fled with around 5,000 Chinese yuan, just short of £600, after the break-in on Peterculter’s Hillview Road at around 6pm on Thursday.
Amy, 42, said: “I couldn’t believe what had happened when my son told me and when I saw the damage to the door.
“They had left a lot of paper over the bedroom and police told us not to touch it.
“I am just scared that they will come back to harm my son because he saw them.
“Having your house broken into is bad, but that doesn’t bother me too much.”
Officers handed out information cards to neighbours, including to residents of Hillside Road, which backs on to the garden the thieves used to make their escape.
Police had originally said jewellery worth around £10,000 had been stolen in the raid. However, Amy said she was relieved that she found the jewellery after police had given her the all-clear to move items from her room.
She added: “I would ask anyone who may know who did this to contact the police and tell them. I just want to protect my family and want to help the police catch these men.”
Detective Sergeant Andrew Machray saying: “We are particularly keen to know if you saw two men in the area around the time in question.
“Any details of suspicious activity including people or vehicles could be extremely helpful, as well as private CCTV footage or dashcam footage if you were passing by.”
He added: “Extensive inquiries are ongoing into this incident, which includes house-to-house inquiries in the area.
“In saying this, if you think you have information which could assist but have not yet spoken to police, please contact 101 as soon as possible. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers to remain anonymous.”