Burglary blow for man with cancer

The stolen Audi A5 3.0 TDI Quattro
The stolen Audi A5 3.0 TDI Quattro

A MAN who has been dealt the devastating news he has bone cancer was dealt a double blow when his home was broken into.

Burglars smashed through the back patio door of Chris Carberry’s house in Muncaster Drive, Rainford, between 7.30pm until 9pm on Saturday December 5 and took a large quantity of cash, jewellery and wedding gifts which belonged to his sister.

I feel devastated as it has come at such a bad time. I broke my leg a couple of weeks ago due to a sporting injury and I got diagnosed with bone cancer

Chris Carberry

They also stole the keys of an Audi A5, and drove off in the vehicle.

Chris said the break-in has come at a terrible time for the family, as he has been diagnosed with bone cancer.

The 19-year-old said: “I feel devastated as it has come at such a bad time.

“I broke my leg a couple of weeks ago due to a sporting injury and I got diagnosed with bone cancer.

“I need chemotherapy and major surgery at the Royal Orthopaedic Unit in Birmingham.

“It is not terminal, but I need chemotherapy for 18 months.

“The burglars broke in through the patio doors by smashing glass with a paving slab and found my dad’s car keys in the kitchen,

“They went through the house and stole money, as well as wedding gifts belonging to my sister, Laura Wilkes.

“She only got married to her husband Kriss the week before the break-in. They are both upset about losing their presents and it has dampened the wedding.

“The car was my dad’s. It was an Audi A5 3.0 TDI Quattro metallic grey with distinctive Y Spoke alloys. It was driven drove through Billinge and possibly Newton/Garswood Road heading towards Ashton and St Helens Police believe it may possibly be still in Billinge or Ashton, Orrell and surrounding areas.

“The police suspect that the plates may have been swapped on it to those of an identical car elsewhere in the country.

“The police have recovered some jewellery in various locations.

“We are appealing for anyone who might have any information about the burglary, and especially to track down the car, which belongs to my dad, Stephen.”

A spokesperson for Merseyside Police said: “The offender or offenders smashed a patio door, using a brick or a concrete slab, and once inside the property stole keys to a grey Audi A5, as well as expensive jewellery, watches, a large amount of cash and a tablet.”

St Helens CID have launched an investigation into the incident and have searched the property and been speaking to witnesses.

Anyone who has information about the incident can contact officers on 101 or can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.