VULNERABLE pensioners say they are “petrified” in their own homes after a creeper burglary.
Elderly residents on Highfield Road, Bagillt, said they are “afraid to go outside” and feel like “prisoners in their own homes” after £150 was stolen from great-grandmother Dorothy Carroll.
The 76-year-old has resorted to barricading herself in her bungalow at night after thieves entered her home and stole the cash.
Police said they are aware of the burglary concerns in the area and are on top of the situation.
Mother-of-three Ms Carroll, 76, said she feels sick thinking someone entered her home without her knowing.
Other residents said they have also been targeted by creeper burglars and described the situation as ‘horrible’.
Ms Carroll said she had no idea someone had got into her house and thinks the unwanted entry could have happened either while she was in the shower or in the early hours of the morning as she slept.
“I don’t want to stay here anymore,” she said.
“I have been putting the table up against the back door since. I have put the chain across the front door and I am having an alarm fitted.
“I didn’t sleep all night after it happened. It really frightened me and upset me.”
Ms Carroll said other residents in the area have said they have seen would-be-thieves trying door handles in a bid to gain entry to other homes.
“It just makes you feel sick,” she said. “It feels as if someone has kicked you in the stomach.”
Nathan Harvey, Poilce Community Support Officer with Holywell and Bagillt Local Policing Team, said: "We are aware of this and we are on top of it. We are going to be around for an event on Thursday to reassure residents that they are safe, going door to door to speak to them."
Ms Carroll praised the police for their support since the burglary – but said she fears the thieves could return.
Police said they were alerted to the burglary on Monday, October 14.
Ms Carroll said the money was taken at some point between 10am on Sunday, October 13 and 6.30am the following day.
She said: “They have emptied my purse.
“I thought it must have been when I was in the shower in the day time.
“But it could have been at about 1.15am because next door’s dog was barking like mad.
“It has absolutely knocked me for six. It is a terrifying feeling.”
Another 90-year-old resident, who has lived on the street for 30 years and asked not to be named, said his bungalow has been targeted on a number of occasions by people trying to get in.
He said: “I’ve seen people come down my garden and round to the gate.
“I haven’t been sleeping. It’s a horrible situation – I’m a prisoner in my own home.”
Another un-named resident, who has lived in the area 18 years, said: “I'm petrified of being here now.
“It’s scary, you're frightened to sleep.
“It’s a worry that someone is lurking around outside. It’s horrible.”
North Wales Police said no one has been arrested in connection with the break-in at Ms Carroll’s home and an investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information should call the force on 101, quoting crime reference number RC13170681, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.