Bridlington family upset after pet dog disappeared during burglary

Sean and Angela Godfrey had there house broken into and their dog Smudge ran away.
Sean and Angela Godfrey had there house broken into and their dog Smudge ran away.

A FAMILY have spoken of their shock after items of jewellery with decades of sentimental value were stolen from their home in broad daylight.

And when burglars broke into the home of Sean Godfrey and his family, on St Mary’s Walk, in Bridlington they left the way clear for the family’s pet dog to escape, only for it to be recovered on the harbour an hour later.

Victim Sean Godfrey, who works as a care-taker at Bridlington School, said: “You just feel so annoyed when somebody violates your home.

“You work hard to earn a living and pay for your family and then somebody comes into your house and wrecks it.”

Sean lives with his wife Angela, who works as head cook at Quay Primary School, and their two daughters Jessica, 17 and Laura, 21, who were all out for the afternoon when thieves struck at the semi-detached property between 2.10pm and 2.50pm last Thursday, September 13.

Included in their haul of stolen items were the couple’s engagement rings bought back in 1988, as well as an eternity ring bought three years ago.

“Initially you just feel shocked and violated and then anger sinks in because it is jewellery you won’t get back,” Mr Godfrey added.

In total several items of gold and silver jewellery stolen, including two gold sovereign rings, a gold signet ring, a buckle design gold ring, several fine gold and silver neck chains and three stone set gold rings.

Also taken were a silver charm bracelet carrying a silver bible charm and a stork carrying a baby charm, as well as a ladies dress watch by Oasis with gold and silver links complete with matching bracelet.

Thieves also made off with Playstation games, a Samsung mobile phone, a blue ipod Shuffle and a Fuji Finepix S1500 digital camera as well as an amount of cash.

Mr Godfrey said the thieves initially unsuccessfully break in through patio doors at the property, and his daughter’s bedroom window, without success.

They eventually gained access to the house by forcing their way through a locked side door.

The doors were left open wide enough for their pet dog, a Shih-Tzu cross Bichon called Smudge, to escape and run around town.

A good samaritan, to whom the family have said a big thank you, eventually found the dog on the harbour and kept her safe until they could recover her.

A police investigation into the burglary is now underway, while the couple have also spent this week going around the town’s second hand shops to see if they can spot any of their stolen goods.

Anyone with any information in connection with this incident, or the stolen property, should call Humberside Police on the non-emergency number 101 quoting crime reference number 1930059.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.