Couple in appeal to thieves’ conscience

Robert Smith and Louise Fletcher, with son Jayden, from Wigan Road, Ashton, who are appealing for the return of scans of Jayden and their unborn baby which were taken in a burglary
Robert Smith and Louise Fletcher, with son Jayden, from Wigan Road, Ashton, who are appealing for the return of scans of Jayden and their unborn baby which were taken in a burglary
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A WIGAN dad was left devastated after irreplaceable baby scans were stolen from his house by heartless thieves.

And now Robert Smith is appealing to people’s consciences in a bid to get the scans of both his 22-month-old son and unborn child back.

Mr Smith’s house was burgled between the late hours of Friday, August 26 and the early hours of Saturday, August 27 and the opportunistic thieves took a baby bag containing a camera, purse and phone as well as two DVDs full of scan pictures and videos of both his and partner Louise’s children.

The Ashton man said: “We only realised at about 11am on the Saturday what had been taken when we came to use the baby bag and it wasn’t there.

“As well as the bag they also took my wallet and took about £600 out of two accounts the next day, but money can be replaced and our main concern is the baby scans they have taken.

“There were two DVDs with about 200 pictures and videos on each of both Jayden and our unborn child. Technically we could replace the DVD of our unborn child but we will never get the pictures of Jayden before he was born back.

“More than anything I feel like these thieves acted purely opportunistically but to us our baby isn’t going to have any knowledge of that part of his life, they have robbed our baby, not us.

“It just makes me feel so angry and the ordeal has left Louise really upset.”

The family who live on Wigan Road, Ashton, had taken both DVDs to a family member’s house to compare the images of their son with those of the unborn baby, but returned quite late on and did not unpack the bag.

It was only when Mr Smith, 33, came to leave the house the next day that he realised they had forgotten to lock the front door.

He said: “It is just an awful coincidence that on the one night we forgot to lock the front door somebody targets us.

“We are not bothered about the money, phone or the camera we are just desperate to get the scan DVDs back and hope that someone might have found the bag or even that the thieves still have the items and can find it in themselves to return them to us anonymously.

“These are things that are of very little monetary value and are of absolutely no use to those who took them, but to us, they are irreplaceable and document one of the most important times in our lives.

“If anybody knows of their whereabouts please come forward anonymously to the police so we can get them back.”

If anybody has the DVDs and would like to arrange their return they can contact Greater Manchester Police on 0161 872 50 50.