OAP’s terror as she finds jewel thief in her house

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A TERRIFIED pensioner confronted a burglar after he broke into her home and stole jewellery.

The intruder climbed through a window into the house in Battersby Street, Leigh, sometime between 2.15pm and 2.45pm on Saturday March 19.

He searched the property before he came face to face with the 85-year-old woman who lived there.

As she asked him what he was doing, the startled thief tried and failed to leave through the front door before unlocking a back door and escaping.

He stole an opal ring, gold chain, a ring with an emerald stone, a signet ring and a broach.

The offender is described as 5ft 2in tall, between 20 and 30 years old, of slim build and was wearing dark clothing.

PC Chris Waddicar, of the Volume Crime Team, said: “The victim is understandably upset at having an intruder break into her house. But thankfully she was not physically harmed.

“While relatively valuable, the stolen items held more sentimental value for the woman and are working hard to get them back and identify the offender.

“This unscrupulous thief will no doubt seek to offload the items stolen.

“I would urge anyone who has been approached with a view to buying them to contact the police.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Volume Crime Team on 0161 856 7258, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.