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'I am looking for jewellery!': What burglar tolds 90-year-old Alzheimer's sufferer when she asked why he was rummaging through her dresser


 A "terrified" dementia sufferer lay awake in bed as a stranger broke into her room, rummaged through her dresser then patted her on the shoulder and left, police say.
The suspect allegedly escaped with some jewellery in a paper bag after breaking into the "vulnerable" 90-year-old's home in Bromley, south London, earlier this month.
Officers say the victim was targeted at around 6.30pm as she lay in her bed.
She saw a man, thought to be aged in his mid to late 30s or early 40s, standing outside her bedroom window - before the window was forced open.
CCTV footage then captured a man climbing inside and approaching the victim's dresser.
He rummaged around for valuables before being interrupted by her, police say.
When asked what he was doing, he allegedly replied: "I am looking for jewellery", before continuing to search the pensioner's dresser and her bedside table.
The suspect then went into the living room and looked around before he returned to the bedroom. There, he patted the victim on the shoulder before fleeing with some jewellery stuffed in a white paper bag, according to Scotland Yard.
CCTV footage of the incident has been released by the force today, along with images of some of the items that were allegedly taken.
In the clip, the burglary suspect can be seen wearing dark gloves and a long coat as he walks around the pensioner's bedroom and living room.
The woman's family had arranged for CCTV cameras to be installed in her home to monitor her because she suffers from Alzheimer's disease.
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 has been asked to call Bromley CID on 07818 454 470 or via 101. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. You can also Tweet @MetCC.

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