A HEARTLESS crook stole presents from under a tree just two days before Christmas.

The thief used a plant pot to smash their way in through the back door window of a property in The Street, Hatfield Peverel.

Once inside, they took several Christmas presents and a set of keys before fleeing from the scene.

The burglary took place sometime between 2.30pm and 4.30pm on Sunday, December 23.

Anyone with information should contact Essex Police on 101.