Robbed house pelted
Thursday, 10th March, 2011
Police have described as "shameful" an incident late on Tuesday night in which an 80-year-old woman's home was broken into and rocks thrown through her window while she was there.
The break-in was one of four committed or attempted on Tuesday night, and three of them were in South Broken Hill.
The police said that the woman, who lives in Eyre Street, had two rocks thrown through her front window after she refused some children a drink of water.
She had come home about 10.30pm to find that her house had been broken into and was waiting for police to arrive when there was a knock on her door about 15 minutes later, police said.
She opened it to find a boy and two other young people who asked her for a drink. She refused their request and closed the door but then two rocks were thrown through her window.
Police said that one of the boys was described by the woman as being of Aboriginal appearance and about 10 to 15 years old. They said she was not able to give a description of his accomplices.
Detective Inspector Mick Stoltenberg said this was a disgraceful act and he appealed to anyone who could help police catch the offenders to come forward immediately.
"Police and the community should be embarrassed by such a crime being reported and committed against an elderly member of our community," he said.
"It is a real shame and something that, due to the nature of it, if people do have information about who was responsible, they should pass it on to police for follow-up at the first available opportunity."
Also on Tuesday night an attempt was made to break into a house in Boughtman Street.
Police said that about 9.30 the 58-year-old resident heard noises outside and went to investigate.
She then called police who found that a security screen had been removed from one of her windows and that the window had been opened.
Apparently she had disturbed the would-be thieves and they had fled, police said.
Then, about 30 minutes later, someone broke into an office at the Alma School in Comstock Street by forcing open a door.
Police said that they were still investigating the matter and appealed for anyone with information to contact them.
Earlier in the evening, between 6.30pm and 8.30pm, two men attempted to break in through a window of house in Ryan Street house but were disturbed by the owner before they could get in.