Thieves crack safes to grab £40k in cash, jewellery

Anayeth Hussain with a filing cabinet damaged during the raid. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Anayeth Hussain with a filing cabinet damaged during the raid. Picture: Ian Georgeson

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PROFESSIONAL thieves snatched almost £40,000 worth of gold jewellery and cash after cracking open a family’s safe.

The Hussain family, from Murrayfield, returned to their property on Sunday night to discover it ransacked.

We are all distraught, and my mum is particularly upset because the majority of jewellery was her life savings, these things have sentimental value as well as monetary value.

Anayeth Hussain

More than £20,000 of 22-carat gold jewellery and around £16,000 in cash was taken in the raid. Thieves gained entry to the Hussain family’s six-bedroom home through a back window before cutting the wires to the CCTV system.

They are feared to be professional thieves because they also took the hard drive which would have captured the theft.

The real mystery surrounding the investigation is how the thieves got into two safes in the house. There was no damage to their steel exterior and the door downstairs was lying open – with the lock attached.

The Hussain family, who own the Shukrai curry house in Peebles, also believe the crooks wore gloves because there was no forensic traces at the scene.

Anayeth Hussain, a member of the family, said: “They have taken our life’s savings. Asian women wear gold to special events and this was all we have.

“We came home and we all had a panic attack – it was so traumatic.

“As soon as I opened the front door, I knew something wasn’t right because a door to a room we never use was lying half open and that door is always closed.

“My sister then continued into the hallway, where we discovered the place was trashed.”

Anayeth said his parents and sister, who also live in the family home, are still shaken by the incident, which they believe took place sometime on Sunday evening.

Anayeth said: “We had all been working during the day and we returned home at about 10.20pm to discover the house had been broken into.”

He said more than £20,000 of his mother’s gold was stolen from their downstairs safe as well as £15,000 in cash.

A further £1000 was snatched from an upstairs safe but 500 euros was left. The thieves even stole a piggy bank containing £2 coins.

Anayeth said: “We are all distraught, and my mum is particularly upset because the majority of jewellery was her life savings, these things have sentimental value as well as monetary value.”

A police spokeswoman said: “The victims reported the matter at 10.35pm on Sunday and plain-clothes officers responded at 10.40pm.”