‘Pathetic’ thieves steal from Arran’s piggy bank during raid on Dundee home

Peter Chalmers with Shannon Pryde and young Arran

Callous thieves stole money from a six-year-old’s piggy bank during a house break-in.

Shannon Pryde’s home in Kemnay Gardens, Douglas, was targeted by crooks who took a brand new laptop, two games consoles and a gold ring.

The “pathetic” thieves also raided her son Arran’s savings.

Shannon’s partner Peter Chalmers, 29, who lives in a separate property, told the Tele: “It is absolutely shocking that this has happened.

“There is never any bother in the street.

“Shannon stayed at my home, only a two-minute walk from her house, on Saturday night so we only discovered the break-in the next day.

“The culprits actually dragged a black bin from the street around the side of the house to Shannon’s bedroom window so they could reach to get in — it is just pathetic.

“They even took money from Arran’s piggy bank, which was in his bedroom.

Money was stolen from little Arran Pryde’s piggy bank when thieves raided his mum’s house.

“The room is clearly decorated for a wee boy so they knew what they were doing.”

Peter has offered a £200 reward to anyone who can provide information which leads to the culprits being caught.

He said: “I am offering the reward because I don’t want this happening to any other families.

“I could use the money to buy a new laptop for Shannon but we both agreed that we would really like to see those who are responsible being caught.

“It might prevent another house being targeted, especially now that we are coming up to Christmas.

“I would hate to think they would target another family who may have a number of gifts in their house.”

Peter said they would like to be reunited with a gold ring, which belonged to Shannon’s grandmother.

He added: “The ring doesn’t really have much monetary value.

“However, it has a lot of sentimental value to Shannon.

“I have already been around second-hand shops to let them know the items have been stolen and to let us know if they are handed in.”

Police Scotland are looking to track down those responsible.

A spokesman for the force said: “Police Scotland can confirm it is investigating a theft by housebreaking from a flat in Kemnay Gardens.

“A number of items, including games consoles, jewellery and cash, including money from a child’s piggy bank, were taken.

“If anyone has any information which could help our enquiry, please call 101 or speak to any Police officer. Our reference is CR/29016/17.”