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York Police Hunt Burglar Disturbed In Elderly Woman’s Home

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7:22am 5th July 2013

Detectives in York are investigating after an elderly woman disturbed a burglar in her home.

Officers say the victim discovered the man in her house on Nunthorpe Grove, in the Southbank area of York, at around 12.30pm on Wednesday 3 July 2013.

They add that he claimed to be a delivery driver but ran from the premises in the direction of Southlands Road.

He is described by police as white, aged between 30 and 40-years-old, around 5ft 8in tall, with sandy-coloured, spiky hair. He was wearing a duck egg blue polo shirt and three-quarter-length khaki-coloured shorts.

Officers are appealing to members of the public who saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area around the time of the incident to get in touch.

Detective Constable Matt Dodson, of York Priority Crime Team, said: “Fortunately, the victim disturbed the intruder before he could take anything and it is also fortunate that she was unhurt in the incident.

“The burglary took place in broad daylight, therefore it is possible that someone may have seen the suspect running away from the victim’s home.

“If you have any information that can assist us with the investigation, please get in touch as soon as possible.”

DC Dodson added: “I would like to remind residents that it is important to keep doors and windows locked even when at home to help keep thieves out.”

Officers are also investigating another burglary which occurred between 12pm and 1pm on the same day, at a property on Heworth Green.

Police say thieves smashed a rear ground floor window of the address near to the roundabout at the junction of Heworth Road and Stockton Lane.

They add that the suspects took a number of items in the burglary, including an iPad, two apple Mac Book computers, and some clothing.

A suitcase was also stolen in the incident and officers believe that the offenders may have used the luggage to remove the stolen items from the scene.

North Yorkshire Police say that if you saw anyone carrying a suitcase in the Heworth area around the time of the incident please contact the police with information.

For more information about securing your property against thieves, visit the North Yorkshire Police website www.northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk/homesecurity  

If you can help officers with their enquiries contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 – select option 2 – and ask for York Priority Crime Team.

Alternatively, information can be emailed to PriorityCrimeTeamYork@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

If you wish to remain anonymous, Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111.

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