A devastated family could only watch as a burglar raided their home while they were on holiday 130 miles away.
Donna Marusamy was on holiday in Somerset when she received an alert on her phone from CCTV in her house in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, telling her that it had detected movement.Police reward to find woman who beat and strangled pensioner with own dog lead
The 37-year-old mum-of-two and her husband Nathan tuned in to the CCTV and watched a hooded man steal passports and jewellery as he made his way through their home.
Nathan’s wedding ring and Donna’s late father-in-law’s wedding ring were among the items taken.
She said: ‘I was horrified and scared, helpless. He walked straight past the CCTV camera. I panicked and thought ‘this is really happening!’.’
The couple immediately called the police and Nathan’s brother, who arrived first and spoke to two people near the property, who the family believe were acting as lookouts.
He shone a light through the window, causing the burglar to flee, with police arriving at the scene soon after.
Donna, an acting headteacher, said: ‘I wish to god I hadn’t seen it unfold.
‘It’s a violation of your own privacy. They just walk in but the repercussions are massive.
‘Now, my children sleep in the same bed as me, in fear of someone coming into the home. It will take us time to feel safe in our home.’
The break-in happened at 10.15pm on Friday August 4, and the burglar walked with a limp.
Donna was so angered by the break-in that she posted footage from the camera on Facebook.