Wagga break-ins are leaving children too frightened to sleep in their beds

Residents of Andrews Avenue, Kooringal are living in fear following a series of pre-dawn break-ins this week.

Janet Moriarty

Janet Moriarty

Janet Moriarty was home alone with her children when an intruder tried to break into a side window just below her bedroom. Mrs Moriarty said if her window had been open, she could have patted him on the head.

“The worst part was our 10-year-old had climbed into bed with me at midnight after a bad dream, and she was woken by this man trying to break in to our house as well,” Mrs Moriarty said.

The male ran off when Mrs Moriarty switched on the lights, only to go to neighbour Ron Wilcox’s house. This time he got into the back door which was locked.

“They found the nail hidden on a hook, it was hard to see,” Mr Wilcox said.

Alarmingly, Mr Wilcox’s daughter, partner and eight-year-old son were asleep close by. 

“You feel like you’ve been violated with a strange man in the house. My daughter, her partner and our grandson were all downstairs, we’re all really upset,” Mr Wilcox said.

Wagga police say some thieves have made off with the family car after finding the car keys inside.

“Don’t leave spare keys lying around the house, even in places they consider to be safe locations, especially near doors. It’s got to that point,” Inspector Peter McLay said

Mrs Moriarty said what’s most upsetting is the impact on the children.

“I have to sleep with my 10-year-old because she is so frightened now. We haven’t told our five-year-old or our son. And then last night we heard more noises which scared her even more, and found all our chooks massacred by a fox. It’s been a horrible week,” she said.