Pensioners’ home is burgled as they slept

PUBLISHED: 18:00 03 June 2011

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AN INTRUDER who crept into the home of an elderly Weston couple while they slept and stole personal items and their car is still at large.

John Taylor, aged 86, and his 77-year-old wife Evelyn awoke at their retirement complex in Eddington Court on Monday morning and found themselves in the middle of a crime scene.

The grandparents, who heard no commotion during the night, soon discovered their car and house keys, Evelyn’s purse, John’s £200 silver watch and their 2008 Toyota Aygo car had disappeared.

They called the police and later found out that a neighbour had seen a young man run to their car at about 1.45am, before stalling it and driving off.

Mum-of-two Evelyn said: “We think he must have come through the French doors into the lounge, which is right next door to our bedroom.

“We were just so shocked. I have a ritual of checking the locks, the lights, the taps and even the fridge door each night so I would be surprised if I hadn’t done it properly.

“But there were no signs of a forced entry or dirty footprints as he would have had to climb over a high wall.

“My husband went to the toilet at about that time so maybe he scared the burglar off.

“I dread to think what could have happened if he or I had gone out there – it now just makes us feel so vulnerable.”

Evelyn had about £20 in her wallet as well as her bus pass and driving licence and the burglar also made off with a tube of 20p pieces the couple had collected.

The next day a set of keys was returned after being found in the street and handed in at the police station.

Evelyn added: “I always thought we were quite safe and now it just feels like our privacy has been invaded.

“We just want to warn other people and get them to always check and double check that they have locked all the doors.”

No arrests have been made but police are appealing for witnesses and information in relation to this incident on 0845 4567000.

Police say tackling burglary in the town is a priority and there has been a decline in the numbers reported this year.

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