A couple’s perfect wedding day turned into a nightmare when they returned home to discover they had been burgled.
Stacy and Michael Crearer were on a high after tying the knot on Saturday but that night they got home to find their property in Bedford Road, Kempston, had been ransacked and their car stolen from the driveway.
Newlywed Stacy, 32, said: “The day itself was wonderful, they can’t take that away from us, but obviously coming home with the children to discover the car not on the drive and the house had been burgled was a killer. It totally ruined everything.
“I just feel completely destroyed about it, completely and utterly devastated.
“It’s an absolute horror story.”
The crooks, who gained entry by forcing a side window, put the chain on the front door before making off in the black Volkswagen Golf, registration LT07 KGY. They also took cash, an iPhone 4S, an iPad, laptop and jewellery including a gold chain belonging to Stacy’s late grandfather.
Groom Michael had left the house that day with his wedding party at 2.15pm and the happy couple returned with their two young sons at 11.40pm. Stacy said: “My children had to come home and see that. My seven year old has been having nightmares since.
“When something like this happens it freaks you out.
“It’s the invasion of my property that I can’t deal with.
“I don’t really want to leave the property. I just don’t feel safe.”
The couple, who cancelled their mini-honeymoon after discovering the burglary, fear the break-in was a targeted attack by thieves who knew they were getting married.
“I feel it wasn’t just a random burglary,” said Stacy.
Anyone with information can call Det Con Surinder Ram on 101, text information to 07786 200 011, or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.