A THIEF broke into the 91-year-old woman’s home in Malmesbury and escaped with money, jewellery and bank cards
The burglary took place at around 7pm on December 16 in a house close to the town centre.
The thief forced entry into the house while the woman was alone and she sustained a hand injury whilst attempting to stop the intruder from stealing her handbag.
DC Rich Jones said: "This was a distressing and traumatic experience for an elderly lady who was simply watching television in her own home. Nobody should have to go through an ordeal such as this, especially not a 90 year-old woman.
"If you have any information about this incident, please contact us as soon as possible so we can find the person responsible.
"I would also ask residents with elderly neighbours to be extra vigilant during the festive period. It may be that this particular offender is targeting elderly people. If you see any suspicious behaviour in your local community, please report it to the police immediately.
"I appreciate that incidents such as these can be very frightening for the elderly community but with the right preventative action and support from neighbours and friends, we can prevent this from happening."
Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Rich Jones via 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.
Authors: Wilts & Glos Standard