An elderly Pretoria woman outsmarted two thieves when they try to break into her home on Friday afternoon in Pretoria east.
The 74-year-old woman noticed the two men from her living room, attempting to force open a sliding down the door of her house in Bailey’s Muckleneuk, Rekord East reported.
Brooklyn spokesperson Captain Colette Weilbach said the elderly woman’s home was targeted on Friday at around 18:00.
“She remained focused when she noticed the men attempting to break into her home.”
Weilbach said the men were trying to open the door with a screwdriver.
“She quickly moved to the garage where she locked herself in. She then screamed and used the hooter of her vehicle to scare the burglars off.”
After gaining access to the residence the men tried to steal a TV, but broke it while fleeing from the house and screaming woman.
Weilbach said the woman stayed calm during the ordeal and this saved her.
“No arrests have been made but police were investigating a burglary and damage to property.”
Neighbour Tom Hurry said he heard screaming late Friday afternoon. “I first thought it was a child screaming,” he said.
When he peeked over the wall he didn’t see anything. Hurry said the screams came again even louder.
“I quickly got my ladder attempting to go over the fence. As I got to the top of the ladder to see the house I noticed the door was open,” Hurry said.
He called the police who responded very quickly.
Weilbach said it was important for anyone living on their own to be aware of their surroundings.
“Many criminals target victims who are considered vulnerable,” Weilbach said.
– Caxton News Service