An Aberdeen man has said he is “gutted” after his car was stolen in the early hours of yesterday.
John Law, 29, from Sheddocksley, works at Marischal College.
His silver Vauxhall Zafira was taken by a gang of youths who are suspected of three other car thefts since Friday.
The thieves are believed to have gained access to the property when John’s five-year-old daughter opened the front door to let their cats out, but was unable to lock the door again.
Only the vehicle keys were taken from the property, allowing the thieves to drive off with the car.
John said: “I was sick to my stomach, absolutely gutted.
“It was just like any other day – I came downstairs and the door was open, the keys were gone and the car was gone.
“It’s not the fact that they stole the car, it’s how hard we’ve worked to get our stuff.
“We didn’t have the best upbringings, and we’ve worked really hard to get where we are, and then the first real car we’ve bought gets stolen.
“The keys have got pictures of my kids on them as well.
“It’s upset the family.
“You work so hard for stuff and then it’s just gone.”
The loss of their car means that John and wife Leanne, 30, will have to seek alternative travel.
John said: “I have to be at Marischal College at 8am every day, so I couldn’t go into work.
“My wife was wanting to go and do things with the kids, but obviously we’ve had to stay in to give police statements, so it’s really disrupted our day-to-day routine.”
Leanne had plans to go on holiday and visit family this week, which were put in jeopardy by the theft.
She said: “My kids go to school in Muirfield so that would mean they would have to walk again.
“My son does kickboxing on a Monday night so it’s going to be a nightmare having to walk everywhere.”
She added: “John asked me where the car was and I said ‘I don’t know.’
“Our neighbour said that they heard some noises outside at about 1.20am because they reversed over their fence.”
Leanne said the door was left open because her daughter went to let the cat out.
She said: “We locked the door at night, but I think our daughter got up to let one of the cats out, and she can’t lock the door again.
“They must have been trying doors and they’ve managed to get in.”
Leanne described the fact that people had been in her home while she slept as “creepy”.
She said: “I don’t like it, I really don’t.”
Police have said they have a positive line of inquiry.
They have asked anyone with information to call 101, quoting reference number CF0191360818.