Appeal for witnesses following aggravated burglary in Shalford
We are appealing for witnesses following an aggravated burglary in Shalford in which two men confronted an 81-year-old in her home.
The incident happened on Thursday November 29 at 11.45pm when two men entered the home, in an area off Horsham Road, through an unlocked back door.
Once inside they forced the victim to the floor, but not before she was able to raise the alarm through an emergency care button.
The two men then left the home without taking anything. The victim suffered bumps and bruises as a result.
The men are described as:
• Approximately 5ft 7 inches tall
• Medium build
• They were wearing dark clothing
Investigating officer Police Sergeant Stephen Bullard from Guildford Criminal Investigation Department said:
“This was an understandably terrifying ordeal for the victim who came across these two men in her home late at night.
“We believe that this was an opportunistic burglary by two men who may well have attempted to enter other properties in the area that night.
“We have been carrying out house to house checks in the area and would ask that residents look out for their neighbours and make sure that your home is as secure as it can be.
“If would urge anyone living in Shalford to be vigilant and please get in touch if you might have seen these two men before or after this incident.
“Please call 101 and quote the reference number PR/45180127445 if you have any information, alternatively you can report online via surrey.police.uk/ReportIt."
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