Burglars stole Sunderland boy’s PlayStation 4 and pocket money – then left a note mocking him

Kate Botham with her 16-year-old son, Derek McCormack after their house was broken into and burglars stole a PS4 and money.
Kate Botham with her 16-year-old son, Derek McCormack after their house was broken into and burglars stole a PS4 and money.
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CALLOUS burglars have taunted a schoolboy after stealing his new £400 computer console and pocket money.

They are believed to have broken into 16-year-old Derek McCormack’s home in General Graham Street, near Chester Road, sometime last week, taking cash before they fled.

It is thought a key to the house was taken by thieves who then came back to the property this Tuesday, swiping his PlayStation 4 console and two games which he got for Christmas, as well as £20 of his savings.

The cruel offenders then left a note with “money” next to the spot in Black Cats supporter Derek’s bedroom, where he kept the cash in a jar.

Police have confirmed that they are investigating the burglary.

Derek’s shocked mum Kate Botham, who is six weeks pregnant, told the Echo: “We are absolutely petrified and Derek is gutted.

“I’ve had all the doors locked since this happened.

“I’m mortified that someone was walking the streets with the keys to my house.”

It was early evening on Wednesday, January 28, as Kate and her other children Maisy, nine, and Bebe, four, were sitting in the front room of the home that they believe thieves found their way in.

“It looks like they’ve climbed over the back wall and opened the gate,” said Kate, 35.

“They took a couple of penny jars with not much money in.

“The police came out but said they couldn’t find any fingerprints.

“It’s possible that they took a key because on Tuesday when I came in from taking my daughter to nursery, I looked in his room and they’d taken his Playstation, the games that came with it and £20.

“He saves money up so he can go to Sunderland away games because he’s such a massive fan.”

Kate added that the burglars have added insult to injury by leaving the note taunting her son, who is a pupil at Southmoor School.

“They’ve only taken a small amount of money but that’s upset Derek as much as losing his computer. I really can’t get my head around it. He hasn’t got any enemies, he doesn’t owe anyone any money.

“I’ve asked all of my neighbours and no one else has been affected so we’ve clearly been targeted.

“Luckily, I put a status on Facebook about what had happened and a friend was able to come round quickly and change the locks.”

A spokeswoman for Northumbria Police said: “At 4.24pm on Tuesday, February 3, police received a report of a burglary at General Graham Street in Sunderland.

“A games console and amount of cash were stolen from inside.

“It’s believed to have happened between 12.30pm and 4pm on Tuesday.

“It’s suspected a key was used to get into and out of the property.

“It’s suspected the incident is linked to a previous burglary at the address, which happened between 5pm and 6pm on Wednesday, January 28, when entry was gained through an insecure back door where cash was stolen.

“Inquiries are ongoing and anyone who has information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”