Woman, 87, returns home to find burglar

An 87-year-old woman found a burglar at her home
An 87-year-old woman found a burglar at her home
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An 87-year-old woman returned home from a hospital appointment to be confronted by a burgler escaping from her house.

Police say the victim and two friends had just returned to her Havant home when the man fled on a bike.

As she opened the front door a man pushed past her and her companions before making off on his push bike and cycling into an alleyway between Elm Park Road and the car park at the rear of the police station.

The victim discovered that a debit card and some medication had been stolen from her home.

The incident happened at 2pm on January 30 but police have only just released details.

They say the suspect is described as: white, of stocky build, aged 20-25 years and around 5ft 6ins to 5ft 7ins tall.

His rode off on a man’s mountain bike which appeared to be in good condition and was electric blue in colour with white or yellow writing on the frame, and “X36” (or similar) on one of the down bars.

It had straight handlebars with dark-coloured grips, black tyres and a beige or brown plastic covered chain was wound around the bar under the saddle, which was extended to its full height.

Investigating officer PC Chris Hudson said: “This must have been a terrifying experience for the elderly victim, especially as she was returning home straight from a hospital appointment.

‘The bicycle used by the suspect is very distinctive and I would urge anyone who may recognise it or the suspect from the descriptions to contact Police on 101.’

Anyone with information can contact PC Hudson at Havant Police Station by phoning 101 quoting Crime Reference 44140035605. Information can be given anonymously by phoning the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.