TAMWORTH police have described an incident where a vulnerable 91-year-old woman was confronted by a thief in her South Tamworth home as “cowardly”.
Just before 10pm on Wednesday, the elderly woman was at home alone in Jenkin St when she heard noises in her bedroom.
She went to the room, noticed the window open and was confronted by a young male, who yelled at her “Where’s your money?”
As the woman looked on, the man went through her handbag which was attached to her walking frame.
Police said when she told the offender she didn’t have any, the man left through her bedroom window.
Oxley Local Area Command Sergeant Neil Longworth said the woman was left scared and shaken.
“This is a cowardly act on a vulnerable member of our community,” Sergeant Longworth said.
“Police have forensically examined the scene and are seeking assistance from any members of the community that may have any information about this crime.”
The break-in was one of four break and enters and one attempted break and enter in Tamworth between noon on Wednesday and noon on Thursday.
A white-gold ring, a six-pack of alcohol and an HTC mobile phone were stolen during a break-in at a Warral Rd home between 1.30pm and 2.30pm.
When the residents returned home they found a side window open and the items missing.
Nothing was stolen during a break-in at a Marius St motel on Wednesday afternoon, but police reported unknown persons had entered through an unlocked window and gone through the room’s contents.
And residents at an Anthony Rd home were disturbed after 9pm on Wednesday when they heard people forcing their way through a rear window.
Police were called and no property was reported missing.
Meanwhile a 46-year-old Goonoo Goonoo Rd resident woke after hearing noises at 7am yesterday.
He went to investigate and saw a man attempting to pull his front screen door off its hinges.
The intruder was described as wearing a light gray hoodie and dark gray trackpants and fled the scene.
Police are asking for anyone who has any information about any of the above incidents to contact Tamworth Police Station or Crime Stoppers.