Pensioner shaken after rural burglary

The Northern Echo: Pensioner shaken after rural burglary Pensioner shaken after rural burglary

AN ELDERLY pensioner was left shaken after three people burgled her home, stealing a safe.

The 77-year-old woman was at home on Bute Drive, High Spen, in rural west Gateshead, when three people, possibly including a woman, entered through an unlocked door and took a small household safe, which was empty.

Thankfully, she was unharmed.

The incident took place at 6.45pm on Monday, November 25, but police are continuing to appeal for information.

The burglars were wearing dark beanie-style hats, dark scarves, partially covering their faces, and gloves.

Detective Inspector Sharon Chatterton, from Northumbria Police, said: “Burglary is a devastating crime, particularly if you’re an elderly or vulnerable victim which is the case in this incident.

“Having someone come into your home, a place where you should feel most safe, and take items belonging to you can be heartbreaking and impact on victims for years to come.

“We are doing all we can to find those responsible for this burglary and would appeal for the public’s help.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Northumbria Police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800-555-111.

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