Skipton pensioner targeted by thief in her own home

3 July 2013

PoliceDetectives in Skipton are investigating after an elderly woman was pushed to the floor as her purse was stolen in her own home.

Sometime between 3pm and 4pm on Tuesday 2 July 2013, a man knocked on the back door of a property on Anderton Street in Skipton.

The occupant, a 93-year-old woman, answered the door and the man asked her for money.

Whilst the occupant went to get her purse, the man entered the house and grabbed the elderly victim’s purse from her before pushing her to the floor and running off.

He is described as 18 – 19 years old, with a tall, thin build.

Officers have been making enquiries in the area in an effort to trace the offender and are urging the public to help.

Detective Sergeant Alan Browne, of Skipton CID, said:

The lady is very shaken but has fortunately only suffered bruising to her arm and shoulder as a result of this incident.

I urge anyone who has any information about this incident or can help to identify the person responsible, to contact the police as soon as possible.

The purse, which contained some loose change, is described a blue, with a metal clasp and a zip on the side.

Anyone who can help officers with their enquiries is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 – select option 2 – and ask for Alan Browne or Skipton CID.

Alternatively, information can be emailed to alan.browne@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

If you wish to remain anonymous, Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111. 

Please quote reference number 12130108692 when passing information about this incident.

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