Public servant Erskine Welch received the shock of his life this morning when he discovered that thieves had stolen his $30,000 Toyota Hilux truck.
His ordeal worsened when Welch, of Hilton Road, Maxwell, Christ Church, discovered that the thieves had broken into his home while he slept and had stolen several other items, including his 50-inch flat screen television set, a Fire Stick, power tools, shoes, a Samsung cellular phone and a sweetbread.
Speaking to Barbados TODAY an emotional Welch said it was a search for his mobile phone that led him to discover that his home had been violated.
“This morning I reached for my phone and I realized it wasn’t there where I placed it, so I got up and came into the front to see if I may have left it outside in the living room, and when I looked the TV was gone. Then when I looked through the window the truck was gone,” he said, as he faced the sobering reality that his life could have been in danger.
“In this instance I am very sad about it as I was in my bed sleeping and they could have killed me,” he said on the verge of tears.
Welch has been a burglary victim before, having had his motorcycle stolen from the very driveway where the truck was parked.
It was not immediately clear how the burglar, or burglars, entered his home, but, this was the first time that anyone had done so while he was in.
“The truck was valued at around $30,000, a cellphone $700, a sweetbread $10, along with a Fire Stick [at] $150. I had stuff in the truck – shoes and power tools which would probably put that value at another $2,500 or so,” he said, adding that he felt unsafe in his own home as there had been a number of break-ins in the community.
Welch has reported the matter to the police, and Public Relations Officer Acting Inspector Rodney Iniss has urged anyone seeing the vehicle, registration number XJ 805, to contact Oistins Police Station at 418-2612 or the emergency hotline number 211.