Harold Hill grandmother scared by burglar

PUBLISHED: 07:00 12 February 2015

A burglar broke into pensioner Ida Boussy's home.

A burglar broke into pensioner Ida Boussy's home.

Yui Mok

A grandmother-of-three is “frightened” of being home alone after she woke up to a burglar standing at the foot of her bed.

Ida Boussy, 80, of Harold Hill, has relived the moment she came face-to-face with the culprit every day since the incident took place last week.

She said: “It’s been horrible.

“I keep hearing strange noises and think that someone else is here – I’m frightened.”

Ida’s son visits his mother at the weekend to bring her a newspaper so she believed it was him when she saw a dark figure standing by her bed in the early hours of the morning.

She said: “It was very dark and I didn’t have my glasses on so I couldn’t tell who it was – I just assumed it was my son.”

But when the burglar spoke to Ida, he told her he was a policeman who came in because the front door was left open and was concerned for her safety.

Ida said: “I should have known that he wasn’t who he said he was when I asked him to pass my dressing gown as he jumped all over my bed to get to it.”

The 80-year-old briefly left the man alone while she went to the toilet but when she returned, there was no sign of him.

Ida soon realised he wasn’t a policeman when she went downstairs only to find that the front door was locked, her phone had been unplugged and the kitchen window was broken.

She said: “He told me there was another policeman waiting outside in a car but no one was there.

“I think he unplugged the phone so I couldn’t call for help if I needed to.”

The burglar stole Ida’s purse, a building society book and her jewellery box filled with pearls, earrings and her mum’s necklace.

She said: “There’s nothing really worth taking but the necklace was very sentimental to me.

“I’ve received a few prank calls since it happened so I’m on edge all of the time.

“I just hope I’m not always going to feel like this.”

Anyone with information is ask to contact police on 101 quoting ref: 5401612/15, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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