Holidaymaker in Turkey foils raid at his Essex home after spotting burglars during Skype conversation with his wife

  • The unnamed home-owner was shocked to see two burglars standing in his hallway after his wife had left the room
  • But the intruders fled after the man started shouting ‘Get out of my house – I’m calling the police’

By
Tammy Hughes

04:27 EST, 5 June 2012

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06:14 EST, 5 June 2012

Wanted: Police have released this image of the suspected burglar

Wanted: Police have released this image of the suspected burglar

A homeowner foiled a raid on his property from Turkey when he spotted two burglars as he spoke to his wife on Skype and warned them he would call the police.

He shouted at the pair to ‘get out’ and called officers for help. 

The homeowner from Loughton, in Essex, was having a conversation with his wife via the internet using a webcam.

When she left the house to speak to their son, who was outside, the internet connection remained on.

As the man waited for his wife to return, he was shocked to see two intruders in the hallway who had smashed their way in through a downstairs window.

The homeowner repeatedly shouted: ‘Get out of my house – I am calling the police.’

Spooked the burglars then fled empty-handed and the man quickly phoned 999.

The first instance his wife knew of the raid was as police officers arrived at her home just as she was going back inside.

Police have now been able to piece together an image of one of the suspects thanks to what the husband spotted whilst using MSN and a webcam to chat to his wife.

Detective Constable Mandi Coltman said: ‘This woman’s husband had been waiting for his wife to return, but instead saw the sight of two strangers in his home.

‘It was down to his quick-thinking actions – shouting at the men and then ringing us here in Essex that led to the thief running off.’

Foiled: The burglars were interrupted by a holidaymaker who was watching them on Skype

Foiled: The burglars were interrupted by a holidaymaker who was watching them on Skype

Officers carried out house-to-house enquiries and discovered that youngsters on scrambler bikes had been hanging out around the time of the failed raid.

Det Con Coltman added: ‘We would ask people to look closely at the e-fit and contact us with the name of one of the men who invaded this family home.’

When the house was searched, it was discovered that upstairs had been ransacked but thanks to the unusual intervention, nothing was stolen.

Police have only just released details of the break-in which happened at about 5pm on March 30.

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This is why I have my CCTV networked so I can watch what’s going on at home

echar, uk, 05/6/2012 23:08
”How did he call 999 from turkey? haha!’ umm he was at home in ESSEX and his wife was in turkey….read the article properly next time!
No u need to read the article properly… he was in Turkey!!! NOT his wife

”How did he call 999 from turkey? haha!’ umm he was at home in ESSEX and his wife was in turkey….read the article properly next time!

So, was it Skype or MSN?

Wife is up to no good. Much more likely than two burglars in the house.

How did he call 999 from Turkey?! Haha!

It was definitely Joey Essex.

called 999 from Turkey!

The photo looks like a balding child…

Pity he didnt do a screen print.

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