Two women charged with burglary at 86-year-old’s home – after ‘they claimed they were carers’

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Two women are due in court charged with burglary at an 86-year-old’s home in York.

The 51 and 36 year-olds are suspected of entering the victim’s home in Acomb by claiming to be carers, at around 8.30pm on Tuesday (24 March).

Officers were immediately deployed to the area and two women were arrested shortly after.

The next day, the alleged victim discovered that her purse had been stolen and £330 had been withdrawn from her bank account. Further attempts were made to withdraw another amount of almost £400.

Remanded in custody

Following questioning in custody, both suspects were charged with burglary and appeared at York and Hull Magistrates’ Court this morning.

The 36 year-old has been in remanded in custody to appear at York Crown Court on 27 April and the 51 year-old has been released on conditional bail to appear at Hull Crown Court on 24 April.

PC Lyn Knight of North Yorkshire Police’s York & Selby CID said:

  • This was a terrifying experience for the victim but we would like to thank her for her assistance and courage.

    We’d also like to appeal to anyone living in the area who believes they may have been a victim of a similar burglary to contact us on 101.