Detectives investigating a knife point robbery on a pensioner in her own bedroom say two men may have broken into her house in the middle of the night using a stolen ladder.
The 71-year-old woman was the victim of a robbery at her home in Fitzroy Place, in Northampton town centre, in the early hours of Thursday, September 26.
The woman was in bed at around 3.45am, when a man walked into her bedroom and demanded money while holding a knife he had taken from her kitchen.
She was taken to her kitchen where she handed over her purse and the robber then left.
A force spokesman today revealed two men may have broken into her home by using a ladder taken from a nearby building site.
The spokesman said: “Police investigating a robbery at Fitzroy Place, in Northampton, are appealing for anyone who may have seen two men carrying a ladder near the scene at around 4am, to contact them.
“The incident took place in the early hours of Thursday, September 26, when a 71-year-old woman was approached by a man who was holding a knife while she was in bed.
“She was taken to her kitchen where she handed over her purse to the offender who then left the property.
“Two men were seen taking a ladder from a nearby building site at 4am, and police are appealing for anyone who may have seen them to make contact.”
The man who threatened the woman in the house was described as Asian or mixed race, aged between 20 and 30, 5ft 9in, of medium build and he spoke with a foreign accent. He was wearing dark coloured clothing.
Witnesses to the robbery, or anyone with information, can call Northamptonshire Police on 101 - alternatively, information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.