A Nelson family has been left distraught after three cars and electronics were stolen in an early hours burglary.
A white Mercedes E220 registered R12 GKS, a silver Mercedes C220 registered D526 SAM and a driving school red Volkswagen Polo registered C15 JAV were stolen between midnight on Monday and 2am on Tuesday.
The break-in occurred while Rehan Iqbal, his younger brother Sharoze (15) and parents Javaid and Samina Iqbal were asleep in their Pinewood Drive home.
A Playstation 4 and two laptops were also stolen in the burglary which is suspected to have been carried out by a group of three or more thieves.
Twenty-five-year-old Rehan said: “This is devastating, totally sickening. Our heads are all over the place at the moment.
“They have snapped the lock on the back door to come into the house and within five minutes according to the CCTV footage, they have gone with a games console, the laptops and three sets of keys and taken all three cars.
“My car is an extremely expensive Mercedes E Class which I bought just recently. My mum’s Mercedes C Class and my dad’s red VW Polo have also been stolen.
“They haven’t left a trace and have gone with exactly what they came for. This must have been pre-planned.
“I would urge anybody who may have seen the three cars, probably travelling together, to report it.
“It’s not just what has been stolen, it is the inconvenience. My dad has had to cancel all the driving lessons he had booked, people who had driving tests booked have been inconvenienced as well and I have had to take time off work.
“It feels like something personal has been stolen from all of us.
“What is worrying is that all this happened while we were asleep and we don’t know if they were armed. What if somebody had woken up and gone downstairs and they were armed? It’s so scary.”
Sgt Shaun Pearson, from Nelson police said: “Investigations are underway into this high value theft which has left a family without three vehicles and treasured possessions.
“We believe this to be a targeted burglary for the vehicles and that the offence would have taken some planning beforehand and that the vehicles may have gone over to Yorkshire.”
Anybody with any information can call police on 101 or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.