A TERRIFIED two-year-old girl was grabbed by a burglar who put his hand over her mouth to stop her screaming for help during a terrifying break-in.
The shocking raid took place yesterday in the town of Redditch, north-east Worcestershire near Birmingham.
No one was harmed as two burglars managed to steal valuables but were forced to flee because of the family dog.
The pair sneaked into the house through an unlocked patio door shortly after 11pm, even though the lights in the house were still on.
A two-year-old girl was downstairs and one of the robbers ran to put his hand over her mouth before she had a chance to cry for help.
The family dog charged downstairs after sensing a disturbance and managed to scare the pair off – but they first managed to take a watch, a camera, cash and a wedding ring, according to police.
Her mum took to the community Facebook page 'Spotted: Redditch' to describe her ordeal.
She wrote: "I have just been robbed.
"I am in Greenlands need to know if anybody has seen anyone.
"There was two of them they put their hands over my daughter’s mouth, who is two-years-old to stop her asking for help.
"If it was not for my dog god knows what would of happened."
The young girl’s dad also posted and said: "They held their hand over her mouth to stop her calling us.
"She managed to call out a bit.
"The dog then shot down the stairs. Thing is my wife was awake as well upstairs."
He added: "Keep your back gates locked.
"They entered my house with the lights on."
The young girl’s aunty also posted and said: "They ransacked the place and worse than that they put their hand over my two-year-old niece’s mouth so she couldn't shout for her mum."
A spokeswoman for West Mercia Police said: "An investigation has been launched after a burglary took place at an address in Wishaw Close, Redditch whilst the family were home.
"At around 11.20pm on Thursday, August 6, the family heard their dog barking at something, they then discovered that their home had been entered through an unlocked patio door and two thieves had stolen cash, a wedding ring, a watch and a camera.
"It’s thought the thieves had been disturbed by a toddler and that they had covered her mouth to prevent her from raising the alarm."
Police chiefs added that a "burglary of this nature" was "rare" in an area like Redditch and a full investigation will be carried out.
Anyone with any information about the crime, that hasn’t yet spoken to West Mercia officers, is asked to call 101 quoting incident number 859_I_06082020. Or report the incident on the police’s website: https://www.westmercia.police.uk/
Alternatively anyone with information can report it to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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