“I don’t know why I am writing a letter to you,” the unnamed culprit wrote. “To be honest, I’m not bothered or sorry about the fact that I burgled your house.”

Scrawled in scraggily writing, penmanship was not the criminal’s only problem as it appeared they struggled with grammar and spelling too, the short letter littered with illiterate inaccuracies. 

“You live in Stainsburns a high risk burglary area and your think enough to leave your downstairs kitchen window open. I wouldn’t do that in a million years. I don’t feel sorry for you and I’m not going to show any sympath or remores.”

The burglar stole a computer games console, a camcorder, two TVs and two speakers. The goods were later recovered and the teenager arrested. 

The letter was stopped from going to the family, but it has been released as part of an anti-burglary campaign, highlighting the issue to people particularly with Christmas around the corner.