Frightened kids refuse to sleep

THREE children are too scared to go to sleep at night after thieves broke into their Tolland home and stole their Christmas presents and toys.
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Now their mum, Vanessa Whitley, says she’s been looking at counselling for them because the heartless break-in has left them so scared.

The incident happened on Monday, April 15, and saw the family’s Dennis Crescent house ransacked during the day.

Among the items stolen was the children’s PlayStation console, an iPod, laptop, games and a Thumpstar motorbike.

Even a money box that her son, Lachlan, 10, had been proudly filling with gold coins wasn’t spared.

“It makes me sick that the children have to go through this,” Mrs Whitley said. “A lot of these items were Christmas presents.

“They’ve had nothing to play with on their school holidays.”

But it’s not what the thieves took that has been the main issue.

The most concerning part of it is the fear and sleepless nights that have followed.

Mrs Whitley’s eldest son Tyson, 12, sleeps on the couch because he doesn’t want to be in his room alone.

“It’s upset the kids, they won’t sleep at night,” she said.

“They just cried when they saw the house after it had first been broken into.”

Mrs Whitley said everything had been padlocked and secure when the break-in occured, but since this hadn’t worked they had installed security cameras.

She said police had taken finger prints but she’d been told there wasn’t much they could do.

The family are putting a call out for the community to keep a look out for the Atomick Pro X 125cc Thumpstar that is black, red and grey.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

LOW ACT: (From left) Tyson Whitley, 12, brother Lachlan, 10, and sister Britney, 6, feel scared after thieves stole their toys and Christmas presents. Picture: Michael Frogley

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