Pensioner thrown out of wheelchair in horrific robbery ordeal

Contributed by editor on Feb 05, 2009 - 05:00 AM

An 85-year-old lady had a cushion cover put over her head, her hands
tied behind her back and was thrown out of her wheelchair during a
horrifying attack in her Dover home on Friday (23 January).

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The assault happened on her doorstep after she opened her door to a
thief who told her he was looking for one of her pals before tricking
her and searching through her possessions reports the Sun.

Police said the pensioner was sitting in her wheelchair watching TV when
there was a knock at her door.

After conning his way into her house the thief waited until she had
turned away from him and then put a cushion cover over her face.

The thug then tied the helpless OAP’s hand behind her back and pushed
her out of her wheelchair as she cried for help and begged him to stop.

When she eventually managed to struggle free she found that her
television, jewellery and purse had been stolen by the thief.

Detective Constable Dan Cutter said details of the raid were only
released today in a bid to track down the thief.

He said: “Luckily the lady was not hurt but it was a frightening ordeal
for her.

“Incidents of this nature are unusual and we are very keen to make sure
we catch the offender and bring him to justice.”

A 42-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the attack and
released on bail.