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A Barlby pensioners horror as offenders break-in as she slept


5:13pm 9th March 2011
(Updated 1:09pm 10th March 2011)

A pensioner from Barlby has had her wedding-ring stolen off her finger as she slept.

The 87 year old woman's property on Highfield Crescent near Selby was broken into at 3am this morning (Wednesday 9th March 2011.)

It's believed the suspect(s) entered the house by breaking in through the back door, took the keys and gained access to the rest of the house through the front door.

The woman woke-up to find a stranger trying to remove her ring and a necklace from her own body.

Police say she's been left "very distressed and shaken by the incident but otherwise physically unhurt."

Detective Sergeant Steve Wilson of Selby CID said:

"This is a shocking crime which has left a vulnerable person in a very distressed state.

"She was awoken by the suspect in the darkness before he approached her and removed her jewellery. I can only imagine how terrified she must have felt at that moment. 

"This type of crime, where an offender has taken property from a vulnerable person in bed, is very rare. We want to ensure the offender is brought to justice quickly. I am therefore appealing to any residents and members of the public who saw or heard anything suspicious, or who have information that may help, to contact Selby CID urgently."

On arrival at the scene of the burglary, a police dog followed a scent from the property to premises where two men aged 22 and 34 were arrested.

Anyone with any information is urged to call police on 0845 60 60 247, or you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police are reminding residents to ensure they take adequate security measures by  securing windows and doors and hiding their keys and valuables out of sight.

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