AN 83-year-old man has been left devastated after an intruder stole £2,000 of his life savings.
Great-grandad Bert Maker was at home alone when the burglar struck.
He had decided not to follow his usual routine of going shopping on a Thursday morning after injuring his foot in a gardening accident – and instead his son took on the job.
The widower, who lives in South Avenue, Hilsea, Portsmouth, was in his first-floor bedroom when he glanced at the mirror – and spotted a burglar on his landing.
Mr Maker, who has two artificial hips and walks with a stick, said: ‘I took the dustbin out and I came and sat down and had a cup of tea. Then I thought I ought to go and get the money for my son for when he got back with the shopping.
‘I went into the bedroom. I looked in the mirror and I saw a face staring back at me. It was a young boy, about 16 or 17. He was nearly at the top of the stairs when I saw him.
‘I rushed towards him. I called him all the names under the sun. He went down the stairs like a greyhound and out of the door.
‘If I had hit him with my stick I would have hurt him.’
Mr Maker later discovered that about £2,000 in cash he had saved to pay his rent, council tax and bills had been stolen in the burglary.
He added: ‘I think someone must have been watching. It was somebody who knew I went out every Thursday morning. I was in the garden the Sunday before and I dropped a hammer on my foot. A nurse came out to see me. I would have gone out on Thursday morning to do my shopping but I couldn’t go that day.’
PC Stephen Ryan, who is investigating the raid which happened at about 8.45am on April 28, said: ‘This has obviously been a distressing incident for the victim, who has had his home invaded and his money stolen.
‘We would like to hear from anyone who may have been in the area at the time, or has any information about the person responsible. Homeowners – especially the elderly and vulnerable – are reminded to make sure they keep their doors and windows securely shut and locked, even when in they are in the property.’
The burglar was white, with a very slim build and face and very blond, straight, shoulder length hair.
He was about 5ft 7in and aged 16 to 17 and he wore a black jacket with a zip down the front.
Anyone with information is asked to call PC Ryan at Hampshire Constabulary on 101 or 0845 0454545 quoting crime reference number 4411075413.
Alternatively call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555111.