Burglar lurks in elderly woman's Basildon house as she watches TV

Basildon Recorder: Burglar lurks in elderly woman's house as she watches TV Burglar lurks in elderly woman's house as she watches TV

A BURGLAR broke into an elderly woman’s house while she was home alone and sat behind her as she watched TV.

The 83-year-old heard a noise outside her front door in Panadown, Laindon, at 11.30pm on Friday, March 14.

She did not suspect anything was wrong and carried on watching TV About 15 minutes later, she realised there was a man on the pouffe behind her armchair.

The terrified woman managed to ask if he was okay.

The burglar then took £3 off the coffee table and removed her house keys from the front door.

He then walked over to the woman, put his hand on her shoulder and looked at her, before leaving by the front door.

The victim was left shaken, but unhurt. The man is in his twenties with a chubby face, 5ft 5ins to 5ft 6ins tall with short, brown hair.

He wore a baseball cap, blue denim jeans and a blue denim jacket.

The house keys were worth about £200.

Anyone with information is urged to contact detectives at Basildon police station on 101.

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5:07pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

Poor old girl. Hope she's not too traumatised by this experience and the old bill catch this ne'er do well soon.

Note to Echo reporter. Panadown is in Lee Chapel North NOT Laindon.

For future reference maybe someone at The Echo offices in Howard Chase can pop into the Basildon Centre and pick up a few copies of the free Basildon Guide which contains street maps with such information on.
Poor old girl. Hope she's not too traumatised by this experience and the old bill catch this ne'er do well soon. Note to Echo reporter. Panadown is in Lee Chapel North NOT Laindon. For future reference maybe someone at The Echo offices in Howard Chase can pop into the Basildon Centre and pick up a few copies of the free Basildon Guide which contains street maps with such information on. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 11

5:18pm Wed 26 Mar 14

I hate the police! says...

So he nicked £3 and some keys? What a weird crime.
So he nicked £3 and some keys? What a weird crime. I hate the police!
  • Score: 6

7:19pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Rich;'Carol says...

Catch him and give him the lethal injection but use a rusty syringe
Catch him and give him the lethal injection but use a rusty syringe Rich;'Carol
  • Score: -1

7:34pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Bigmama1 says...

Scum. This poor elderly lady could have suffered a heart attack with the shock of an intruder coming into her home. No doubt the incident has left her very traumatised as well. I hope he gives himself up to the police and apologises for his actions. I very much doubt it though somehow.
Scum. This poor elderly lady could have suffered a heart attack with the shock of an intruder coming into her home. No doubt the incident has left her very traumatised as well. I hope he gives himself up to the police and apologises for his actions. I very much doubt it though somehow. Bigmama1
  • Score: 12

9:42pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Wooosh says...

Poor lady, it must have been horrible! How are the keys worth so much? :s
Poor lady, it must have been horrible! How are the keys worth so much? :s Wooosh
  • Score: 0

9:58pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Kim Gandy says...

Very odd all round.

Thank God there was no violence that is often characteristic of this sort of thing.

Don't get the bit about him putting his hand on her shoulder. Strange gesture.

I hope the lady will now get a chain fitted to her door and upgrade her security.

Too many of these old people are too trusting and often leave doors open.

It's not the old days any more, sadly.
Very odd all round. Thank God there was no violence that is often characteristic of this sort of thing. Don't get the bit about him putting his hand on her shoulder. Strange gesture. I hope the lady will now get a chain fitted to her door and upgrade her security. Too many of these old people are too trusting and often leave doors open. It's not the old days any more, sadly. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 4

11:16pm Wed 26 Mar 14

I hate the police! says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Very odd all round.

Thank God there was no violence that is often characteristic of this sort of thing.

Don't get the bit about him putting his hand on her shoulder. Strange gesture.

I hope the lady will now get a chain fitted to her door and upgrade her security.

Too many of these old people are too trusting and often leave doors open.

It's not the old days any more, sadly.
In your days Kim things were so much different. Windows and doors left wide open was the norm. 1940s? Or 30s?
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: Very odd all round. Thank God there was no violence that is often characteristic of this sort of thing. Don't get the bit about him putting his hand on her shoulder. Strange gesture. I hope the lady will now get a chain fitted to her door and upgrade her security. Too many of these old people are too trusting and often leave doors open. It's not the old days any more, sadly.[/p][/quote]In your days Kim things were so much different. Windows and doors left wide open was the norm. 1940s? Or 30s? I hate the police!
  • Score: 0

7:50am Thu 27 Mar 14

kaighn says...

Why are the house keys worth £200 ?
Why are the house keys worth £200 ? kaighn
  • Score: 0

8:07am Thu 27 Mar 14

Happy Chickie says...

I hate the police! wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote:
Very odd all round.

Thank God there was no violence that is often characteristic of this sort of thing.

Don't get the bit about him putting his hand on her shoulder. Strange gesture.

I hope the lady will now get a chain fitted to her door and upgrade her security.

Too many of these old people are too trusting and often leave doors open.

It's not the old days any more, sadly.
In your days Kim things were so much different. Windows and doors left wide open was the norm. 1940s? Or 30s?
LOL
[quote][p][bold]I hate the police![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: Very odd all round. Thank God there was no violence that is often characteristic of this sort of thing. Don't get the bit about him putting his hand on her shoulder. Strange gesture. I hope the lady will now get a chain fitted to her door and upgrade her security. Too many of these old people are too trusting and often leave doors open. It's not the old days any more, sadly.[/p][/quote]In your days Kim things were so much different. Windows and doors left wide open was the norm. 1940s? Or 30s?[/p][/quote]LOL Happy Chickie
  • Score: 2

8:22am Thu 27 Mar 14

pembury53 says...

Rich;'Carol wrote:
Catch him and give him the lethal injection but use a rusty syringe
LOL.... classsic !
[quote][p][bold]Rich;'Carol[/bold] wrote: Catch him and give him the lethal injection but use a rusty syringe[/p][/quote]LOL.... classsic ! pembury53
  • Score: -1

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