A “petrified” woman has told of the moment she had to barricade herself and her young son in her bedroom after a knife-wielding intruder broke into their home.
Kara Mitchell, 31, was in her home at Barns Neuk, Claverhouse, with son Aaron, 11, and made a frantic call to her mother as the thief stole money, keys and other personal items.
Kara, who manages a local law firm, had to barricade herself and her son in a room using a bedside cabinet. She later discovered a large knife was missing from a block in the kitchen, meaning the intruder was probably armed as she and Aaron hid in the bedroom.
Police said today they were investigating the incident.
Kara, whose husband David was working offshore at the time, said: “I was in my bed and started hearing noises.
“Initially, I thought it was just the wind but then I heard footsteps and my living room door closing.
“I got out of bed and woke Aaron up.
“Aaron was crying loudly and I told him to stop. I phoned my mum and then I phoned the police.
“The intruder must have heard me on the phone and ran out of the house but he was there for about 20 minutes.”
Kara added: “When my mum arrived, I came out of the bedroom and went downstairs to let her in.
“We went into the living room and my patio doors had been forcibly opened.
“Then I noticed my house keys and car keys had gone, as well as my handbag and purse with £100 in it and also a big bread knife from my knife set.
“It appears the same person also went into garages in the street and tried to break into other houses.”
Kara, whose younger son Liam, 7, was staying at his gran’s on the night of the break-in, said she had been left anxious since the incident.
She added: “Me and Aaron were both very scared and are still very anxious at being home alone.
“We slept with bedside cabinets against the door the next night to feel safer. This is a nice area so we can’t believe what happened. I hope the scumbag is caught.
“I’m still in shock. I don’t feel safe in the house now although we’ve had the locks changed.”
A spokesman for Police Scotland said officers were appealing for information about the incident, which happened between 5am-6am on Saturday.
He added: “A house was broken into while the occupants were upstairs and a number of items were stolen.
“Officers are investigating the possibility that the person may have been in the area for some time and we ask anyone who saw or heard anyone acting suspiciously in the area that morning to contact us.”
Anyone with information about the break-in should contact Police Scotland on 101, or report it anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.