Burglary is frightening enough when you’re not home to witness it, but one 90-year-old woman who suffers from dementia had a much scarier experience than that when a burglar entered her bedroom through a window as she lay awake in her bed.
It was about 6:30 p.m. on March 6th, 2018, when the stranger forced open a window in the woman’s Bromley, south London, home. He climbed through it and held out his hand to her in what appears to be some sort of greeting or warning before walking over to her dresser and rummaging through her belongings.
Reportedly, the woman asked him what he was doing there, and he turned halfway around and unabashedly told her he was looking for jewelry. Then he continued his search.
After he’d ransacked the bedroom, he took a quick look in the living room, presumably to see if there was anything worth stealing in there. Then he returned to the bedroom, packed up his stolen goods in a white bag, patted the terrified woman on the shoulder, and climbed back out the window.
Luckily, the whole event was caught on film, because the woman’s family keeps cameras in different rooms of her home to help them make sure she stays safe and well. The video is pretty clear, and police are hoping it can help catch the thief, who appeared to be in his mid to late thirties or early forties and was wearing a long coat, dark gloves, and tennis shoes.
However, this poor little lady may never regain the most important thing she lost—a sense of comfort and security.
Watch the video below to see how the entire crime took place.
Need a pick-me-up after that sad story? Click “next” below to read about the supermarket that kept re-training an employee with dementia so she could continue working.
Elizabeth Nelson is a wordsmith, an alumna of Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, a four-leaf-clover finder, and a grammar connoisseur. She has lived in west Michigan since age four but loves to travel to new (and old) places. In her free time, she. . . wait, what’s free time?