Burglary of 99-year-old: Three arrests

The ransacked home of the 99-year-old woman
The ransacked home of the 99-year-old woman

POLICE have made three arrests in connection with the burglaries of two vulnerable Scarborough pensioners last month.

POLICE have made three arrests in connection with the burglaries of two vulnerable Scarborough pensioners last month.

In one of the incidents, a 99-year-old woman’s home in Barrowcliff Road was ransacked.

The crimes were committed during the early hours of Monday November 21, and police are today making a renewed appeal for any information.

A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “Three people have been arrested in connection with the incidents – two 30-year-old men and a 22-year-old man. One of the 30-year-olds has been released without further action. The other two men remain on police bail as enquiries continue. Police continue to investigate the two burglaries and are appealing for further witnesses to come forward.”

Detectives believe that the two incidents – the second was the burglary of a 78-year-old man in Gildercliffe – are linked.

The 99-year-old’s neighbour, Bill Chatt, disturbed one of the suspects, who ran off across gardens in the direction of Bracken Hill.

When he heard that officers had made arrests, Mr Chatt said: “The police have done a fantastic job. They were on the street and did door to door enquiries. The officers on the day were brilliant and I am pleased that they have now made some arrests.”

A police spokesman said it was still unclear whether anything was taken in the raids.

Contact either Scarborough CID on 0845 6060247 – quoting reference number 12110196884 – or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.