A Castlecliff woman is warning Puriri St residents to keep their appliances under lock and key after a brazen thief snuck in and stole everything out of her freezer while she was hanging out washing.

The fridge and freezer are directly opposite Mel Evans' door, which she left open as she went out to the line. Her 3-year-old daughter was in the lounge and her 7-month-old son was sleeping in his bedroom while the burglar rummaged through her freezer.

When Miss Evans came inside, the freezer door was open and emptied of its packs of frozen meat, including chicken drumsticks, steaks and schnitzel, as well as one of two loaves of bread.

"Nice of them to leave me the second," she said. "People are desperate - that's why I haven't bothered with the police."

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She was unsure whether the person had been watching for her to leave the house, but said they must have known her partner wasn't home.

"I'm angry - this is the first time something like this has happened to me."

Miss Evans admitted she was a little nervous and was glad she and her family were moving next week. They have been in the house for 10 months.

"It's completely weirded me out," she said.

"We can't afford to replace it all but we've still got food so I'm not worried about that."

Miss Evans posted on the Facebook page Buy, Sell, Swap Wanganui telling other residents to "put a padlock on your fridge people". And she warned others in her area to "keep an eye out".