Burglar patted 90-year-old victim on shoulder after stealing jewels from her Bromley home

Police in Bromley are releasing CCTV footage of an incident in which a vulnerable elderly woman was burgled as she lay in bed.

On Tuesday 6 March, at around 6.30pm, the 90-year-old victim was in bed at her home in Blackbrook Lane, Bromley.

Her family had arranged for CCTV cameras to be installed in her home to monitor her, as she suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.

The victim saw a man, thought to be aged in his mid to late 30s or early 40s, standing outside her bedroom window. The window was then forced open before footage captures a man climbing inside and approaching the victim’s dresser and rummaging around for valuables.

He was interrupted by the victim, who asked what he was doing. He replied: “I am looking for jewellery”, and continued to search the dresser and her bedside table. He then went into the living room and looked around before going back into the bedroom.

He patted the victim on the shoulder before fleeing with a quantity of jewellery in a white paper bag. Officers have released images of some of the items taken.

Detective Constable Dean Roberts of Bromley police, said: “This incident has left the victim absolutely terrified and her family devastated. She has been targeted in a place where she has every right to feel at her most safe and comfortable.

“The CCTV footage is very clear. Do you recognise the man captured in these images?

“We also believe a torch light was shone through the window while the man was inside, suggesting there may have been an accomplice who was not caught on camera. Did you see two people acting suspiciously in the area?

“I would urge anyone with information to call us as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information should call Bromley CID on 07818 454 470 or via 101. Alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you would prefer to remain anonymous. You can also Tweet @MetCC.

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