A grandmother frightened off a gang of masked men attempting to steal from houses on her estate.
When pensioner Maureen Jones spotted five men with their faces covered trying to break in to homes and cars at 3am in the Maes y Nant area of Penycae, she took matters into her own hands.
When one of the gang members made his way up Mrs Jones’ path, she screamed at him: “What do you think you’re doing? Get away from here!”
The five men, who Mrs Jones said had been communicating via torch light, began flashing their torches wildly and ran off to a pick-up truck parked at the top of the estate which they jumped in and drove off.
Mrs Jones, who was in her home of 35 years with her husband Charlie and young grandson Brandon, said: “I woke up around 3am and got up when I saw the torch lights outside.
“Each of the five men were looking at a different part of the estate, trying car doors, going down garden paths, into back gardens.
“I didn’t know what to do, it was scary, especially with a 10-year-old grandson in the house. It’s not what you expect to wake up to in the middle of the night.
“Then one of the men started coming towards our house so I threw the window open and yelled at him.
“They all began flashing their torches rapidly and quickly ran off.”
Police undertook house to house inquiries on the Maes y Nant estate yesterday following the incident.
Officers are now hunting the masked men.
The five individuals are described as being in their late teens to early twenties and had their faces covered, two of them with hoods and others with scarves.
The gang are not believed to have taken anything.
Sarah Roberts, who lives in Maes y Nant, said: “Unfortunately this is becoming a modern trend. We’ve had a neighbour who had their fridge stolen and a car was broken into, but nothing this unnerving.
“It is frightening. I’m worried to leave my house unoccupied as my husband works away.”
Jason Long, a resident in the area for the past 13 years, said: “I’ve got three children and it’s very worrying that the intruders were sniffing around houses.
“We all need to be more vigilant but sadly it is a sign of the times that in the run-up to Christmas we expect these kind of things will be happening.”
North Wales Police confirmed they were alerted to the incident just after 8am on Thursday. CCTV will be studied as part of the inquiries and they confirmed that a pick-up vehicle and another vehicle had been used to get away.
A spokesman for North Wales Police said: “Officers urge anyone who has information or who may have witnessed any suspicious activity in the Penycae area during the early hours of Thursday morning to contact officers at Rhos on 101.”
Anyone with information can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.