CCTV footage has captured the moment a burglar slowly crept into the bedroom of a two-year-old boy while the family was away on holiday.
Oliver Wallace, 37, witnessed the horrifying scene unfold as he sat in the pub using a security app on his phone.
The HR consultant, from Warlingham, Surrey, lives in the home with his wife Sally and son Sam, 2.
He said the thief made off with jewellery that belonged to his wife’s mother, who died in a car crash in 2011.
He was with his brother at the bar when his phoned bleeped at around 7.45pm, SurreyLive reported .
Mr Wallace said: “I was on my way home, and I was coming through central London and contacted my brother to see if he wanted to meet for a drink.
“I met him for a drink in a pub in Stockwell, as we are getting the drinks my phone bleeps. We have this camera in my baby Sam’s bedroom.
“It said ‘motion in the room’, but normally I sort of ignore it, as we are always in and it’s only us. To my horror, someone was in the house. Within a minute I had phoned 999, and told them a burglary was in progress and they took the details.”
Mr Wallace’s wife and son had left for Florida that morning for a few days, and the house was empty at the time of the offence.
“I reckon it’s over a year since we have both been out at 7.45pm, unless we have been on holiday. It’s really, really unusual that we would ever ever be out, ” Mr Wallace said.
“I saw this person crawling into the room. When you first see it it doesn’t make sense. For a few seconds you just don’t understand what you are looking at, it’s your house and there is a women crawling in to the room.
“That’s not my wife and why would she be crawling in the room? Hang on she’s in Florida. This can’t be real.
“You are genuinely shocked. I sort of shouted out ‘I can f**king see you’ down the phone. I don’t think they could have heard it.”
Mr Wallace says his son had slept in the bed in the morning of the incident.
He said: “On a normal night, he would have definitely been asleep in the bed. All I want to do is protect my family, and you feel like you have failed as someone has not only got into your house, they have got into your babies bedroom. You feel like you have let them down.
Two intruders can be spotted on the footage, as they quickly search the house. They stole jewellery that belonged to Sally’s mother, who tragically died in a car crash in 2011.
Mr Wallace, said: “The saddest thing is obviously you lose stuff you can’t get back.
“Sally’s parents were killed in a car crash in 2011. Sally had her mum’s jewellery stolen, which is obviously irreplaceable, it’s not the value. I gave my wife a Tiffany necklace on her wedding day and that has gone. They have been through everything.”
Mr Wallace has been “overwhelmed” by the reaction from friends and family in support since the incident.
He said: “We have been genuinely overwhelmed by people’s voices of support from all over. Friends we haven’t heard from in years and people we don’t know have reached out in solidarity.”
Surrey Police confirmed it is aware of the incident and is appealing for witnesses. They claim thieves gained access via an “insecure patio door”.
A spokesman for Surrey Police said: “We are appealing for witnesses and information after a property in Warlingham was burgled on Wednesday night.
“The suspects gained access through an insecure patio door, and then proceeded to search the house, stealing a number of items, including items of jewellery.
“One offender can be clearly see in the footage, and is described as female, white with long blonde hair, wearing a hooded top and jogging bottoms.
“Did you hear anything between 8pm and 10pm on Wednesday night? Did you see someone matching the above description in the area?”
Anyone with information should phone Surrey Police on 101 quoting reference number PR/45180119271 or phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.