A three-year-old girl whose Ilkeston home was broken into while she slept upstairs has drawn a picture of a burglar to help the police try and trap him.
Detectives told little Evelyn Bardgett that her drawing “would make a good e-fit” as they took statements from her parents Stephen, 36, and Lucy, 31.
Raiders used a spade from the shed at their Ilkeston home to force open a kitchen window and get inside and stole an iPad and Mr Bardgett’s wallet.
Police said the Bardgett’s property in Little Hallam Lane was one of five homes probably targeted by the same gang over Monday night.
Mr Bardgett, a self-employed floor layer, said: “The worst thing is knowing that someone has been in your house and searching around while you were asleep upstairs.
“That feeling of intrusion is horrible. It is not so much what has gone but more knowing that people have been creeping around your house.”
Mr Bardgett said he went downstairs on Tuesday morning and the house “felt cold” which is when he realised they had been broken into.
He said: “I saw that the window was open which is when I knew we had been burgled.
“The police were here for at least two hours. Evelyn drew them a picture of a burglar and one of the detectives said: ‘That’s a good e-fit, hopefully we can catch them from that.’”
Other properties broken into were a house in Longfield Crescent, where jewellery, cash, a laptop and mobile phone were taken; two properties in nearby Longfield Lane, where items taken included iPhones and cash; and a house in Kingsway, where two mountain bikes – a Carrera and a GT model – were taken.
A police spokesman said: “We believe all five burglaries are linked and we would like to hear from anyone who might have been offered the items for sale or know who is responsible.”
Mr Bardgett said since the break-in he has fitted a burglar alarm and that Apple will be able to locate his iPad as soon as it is switched on.
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.