Brazen burglar spent two hours raiding Walderslade home while family slept
Doug and Veronica Quipp
were traumatised by a burglary caught on CCTV
by Jenni Horn
A family have been left devastated after a thief spent two
hours casually rifling through their home while they slept
The burglar stole precious jewellery, laptops, credit cards and
even a school backpack during the raid on the house in Birkhall
CCTV pictures show the criminal entered the property just before
5am - and did not leave until just before 7am.
He even took drinks from the fridge and, after stealing a
pack of cigarettes, stopped to smoke one on the driveway before
getting into the family car and driving away.
Veronica and Doug Quipp, who were asleep upstairs the whole
time, along with son Cole, seven, said their lives had been ruined
by the break-in.
The burglar (above) even
stopped to smoke a cigarette on the driveway of Doug and
Veronica Quipp's house
The couple, who run the Canadian Candy Apple Company, discovered
the burglary just after 8am when they woke up later than usual.
Cole was already awake and told them the kitchen window was open
and the jukebox had gone.
Doug, 33, then searched the house and discovered other items
The family's car, a Ford Galaxy, was later discovered burnt out
in a field opposite Fitness First, in Walderslade Road.
The house is fitted with CCTV cameras inside and out. The
footage reveals the burglar trying to break into the front door
with a screwdriver, before trying the back door. He forces open a
window and climbs into the kitchen.
Every part of the raid on Tuesday was caught on camera. The
burglar went back and forth from the house to the car four
He went through the ground floor taking Veronica's engagement
and eternity rings from a shelf and rifling through Cole's toybox,
before making his way to the first floor. He did not go as far as
the third floor where the family were asleep.
Veronica, 36, said: "When we saw the CCTV footage we were
dumbfounded. He goes through the house at such a leisurely pace. He
acted like he was a guest in our house.
"He goes through the house at such a leisurely pace. He acted like he was a guest in our house..." – Veronica Quipp
"Before he leaves he is seen standing on the driveway smoking a
cigarette. He chucks the cigarette butt on the ground and then gets
in my car and reverses out of the driveway. He didn't rush at
"I've watched some of the CCTV, but I can't bring myself to
watch it all. It makes me feel sick." Veronica added: "My greatest
concern is that this man has been in my house just yards away from
"Cole woke up just 10 or 15 minutes after he left. What would
have happened if he had woken up earlier and bumped into him."
The family has four dogs, but three of them were being cared for
at a vets surgery at the time of the break-in after being struck
down with a sickness bug. The fourth, which is only a puppy, was
asleep in Veronica and Doug's bedroom.
Veronica said: "It seems strange that just days before the
break-in, all the dogs got ill.
"They would have certainly barked if they were here at the time.
We still don't know what caused their illness."
Veronica said the whole family now feel unsafe in their home:
"The whole thing has killed us. I go from being strong and getting
things organised, to breaking into pieces. I haven't slept and I
"I wanted a drink last night and I didn't even have the guts to
go downstairs to get a glass of water."
Kent Police asked anyone with information to phone DC
Daniel Bister on 101, quoting reference 29-240.
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