At 10:45pm on Tuesday, November 5, 23-year-old Khloe Lewis was looking after her unwell baby daughter, who turns two later this month, when she heard a loud noise from the ground floor of the home she shares with her partner, David Adams.
Downstairs, her fiance was about to give chase to two intruders.
Mr Adams said: “We had come back from fireworks night at about 10.35pm and we were all upstairs when we heard a scuffle downstairs.
He went downstairs to investigate and saw the living room door blowing open in the wind, as if an external door had been opened.
“I went through the door and there was someone outside and they took off. But there was someone else in the room in a black Nike cap and hoodie.”
The man also turned and ran and Mr Adams gave chase, even though he had nothing on his feet.
“I was barefoot and attempted to chase him. He was just away down the road and then he turned around and gave me this Freddie Krueger-type look with a knife in his hand trying to intimidate me. The knife wasn’t specifically pointed at me, it was just made evident that he had it in his hand.”
Undeterred, Mr Adams said he continued chasing the man, but he tripped over his toes and he ‘went flying’.
Ms Lewis said her daughter, Ella, was sick when they arrived home so she carried her to bed and put her down, and she’d just fallen asleep when she heard a noise downstairs.
“I was so scared because I knew something was up. I didn’t realise anyone was inside until I ran down after him (her partner),” she said.
“He was a hero, I don’t know what I’d have done without him. One of them had a knife but ran instead of using it and the other was long gone. David chased them down the street barefoot but didn’t manage to catch them.”
She said the thieves had unbolted a glass patio door at the rear of the property with a screwdriver, which they left behind and had been taken for forensic examination, before pulling it off its hinges. The bolts and lock from the door were scattered across the living room floor.
The pair stole a PlayStation 3 games console, a hairdryer, a laptop and a purse with £600 inside. The thieves threw Ella’s toys across the room and tipped the baby’s changing bag out onto the floor.
Shortly before the incident, Ms Lewis had gone to her car to get some shopping she had left in the vehicle. She said she had seen two “boys” across the road watching her but “thought nothing of it”.
“We were shaken up because I’m 16 weeks pregnant so we were very worried about my wellbeing at the time.
“I never carry cash usually but I was due to put money into the bank the day after for the rent and to use for the gender scan for my baby, which family have now had to pay for.”
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Ms Lewis’s stolen purse was found by a woman in Birchgrove, in full view of a CCTV camera which police hope to use to identify the theives.
Mr Adams said the incident had shaken his family. It was the second time this year that his partner had experienced intruders at her home – she suffered an attempted break-in at a previous property in Resolven.
“We feel very insecure in our own home. Khloe is not able to stay at home alone now, and the doors and windows have to be locked when we’re here,” added Mr Adams.
“It’s left me feeling very angry and very, very keen to find out who these people are. We want justice, we want to make sure these people aren’t going to come back and aren’t going to do this to anyone else.”
A spokeswoman for South Wales Police said: “We received reports of a burglary which happened at about 10.30pm on November 5 in Bronwydd, Birchgrove.
“The occupant of the property disturbed two men in his lounge who stole a number of items before being chased off by the occupant.
“Both men were white and of slim build. The first was wearing a black baseball cap with a white tick on it and a dark top, the second was wearing an orange hooded top.
“Anyone with information should contact 101, quoting occurrence 1900410017.”