This is the shocking moment thieves stole a motorhome from the driveway of a family home in a case police did not investigate for two weeks.
Despite CCTV footage capturing the criminals, 59-year-old Kevin Moss and his 52-year-old wife Annette were left sharing it themselves on Facebook in a desperate bid to catch the crooks.
They broke into Mr Moss’ work van, which he had deliberately parked across the driveway entrance to protect the £34,000 Ford Transit Eurostyle camper the family were about to use for their summer holiday.
Footage shows thieves shoving it out of the way before breaking into the motorhome and speeding off.
The raid took place at 4.45am on July 14 but despite being alerted the police didn’t investigate until July 26.
The couple, of Wombourne, Staffordshire, shared a video of the theft on Facebook, where is has been viewed and shared more than 60,000 times.
Mother-of-three Ms Moss Annette says her son Shane, who has cerebral palsy and relies on her for full-time care, is heartbroken.
The thieves stand in the street as they prepare to smash into the van and take its handbrake off in order to steal the motorhome
One of the thieves approaches the van, which was smashed during the theft of the motorhome
The CCTV footage was captured in the early daylight hours but police didn’t investigate it until two weeks later
‘We were going away on the Sunday,’ she said. ‘It was all packed and ready to go. All my clothes and my son’s clothes were in there. He is heartbroken.
‘He doesn’t have a lot of speech. Now when we are outside he holds his hands together and says “gone”. He doesn’t understand that the nasty men have taken it.
‘You work hard for your stuff and you get these scum pinching your stuff. The van was always locked and we had a lock across the steering wheel. Kevin had his work vehicle right in front of it.
Thieves push the van out of the way after Kevin Moss placed it there to protect the family motorhome from criminals
‘On the video, the thieves had been in there from about 3.30am, which we did not know. They knocked the horn at one point but didn’t wake us up.
‘They threw a brick through the window and got the hand brake off. That was about 4.45am.
‘They sawed the steering lock which was on the motorhome in half in order to move it.
‘When they moved the van, it crashed into the neighbour’s car which set their car alarm off and woke them up. They called the police immediately.
The thieves drive away in the motorhome, which was packed with the family’s belongings as they prepared to go away
The motorhome careers around a corner as the thieves snatch it from the family’s driveway in Warwickshire
‘We have had the CCTV camera up for about one-and-a-half years, and we have had the motorhome for four years.
‘The police have been really slow to react. It has been frustrating, the police only came after we put the appeal out ourselves on Facebook.
‘I would have expected the police to have reacted more quickly to the theft, especially as the CCTV is good quality and they are clearly an organised gang.
‘The chances of them being caught now are probably very remote but we have to try. Someone somewhere must have seen the motorhome. We go everywhere in it and we just want it back.’
A Staffordshire Police spokeswoman said: ‘At 4.45am on July 14 it was reported that a white Ford motorhome had been stolen from an address on Rushwater Close in Wombourne. CCTV is being reviewed, and enquiries are on-going.’