Shocking Footage Shows Thief Stealing From 90-Year-Old Woman With Alzheimer’s
Police are hunting for the man seen in CCTV footage robbing a 90-year-old woman with Alzheimer's in Bromley, London.
It's pretty scummy to steal from anyone, but for someone to break into an elderly lady's home - while she was in awake in bed - and potter around her room is lower than low.
Authorities believe the man is in his 30s or 40s and have been told the woman first spotted him outside her bedroom window on the night of 6 March. He forced open the window, climbed into her room and started looking through her drawers.
The panicked woman asked him what he was doing and he allegedly replied: "I am looking for jewellery."
He left her bedroom to search other areas of the property before returning, and creepily patted her on the shoulder only to leave through the window again. The thief escaped with 'a quantity of jewellery in a white paper bag', according to Met Police.
The victim's family initially set up the CCTV cameras to monitor her condition.
Detective Constable Dean Roberts of Bromley police, said: "This incident has left the victim absolutely terrified and her family devastated. She has been targeted in a place where she has every right to feel at her most safe and comfortable.
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"The CCTV footage is very clear. Do you recognise the man captured in these images?
"We also believe a torch light was shone through the window while the man was inside, suggesting there may have been an accomplice who was not caught on camera. Did you see two people acting suspiciously in the area?
"I would urge anyone with information to call us as soon as possible."
Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia, which is an umbrella term for a variety of brain diseases that affect a person's short and long-term memory.
NHS Choices says: "Alzheimer's disease is a progressive condition, which means the symptoms develop gradually and become more severe over the course of several years. It affects multiple brain functions.
"The first sign of Alzheimer's disease is usually minor memory problems. For example, this could be forgetting about recent conversations or events, and forgetting the names of places and objects."
Around one in 14 people in the UK aged over 65 are at risk of developing the disease, which jumps to one in six when you hit 80 years old.
But it's still a condition that can strike people as young as 30 or 40 years old so it's always best to check with your GP if you exhibit early warning signs.
Featured Image Credit: Met Police
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