THIEVES who posed as window cleaners have left a partially-sighted pensioner fearful in his own home after they ransacked a bedroom and stole valuables.
Stan Bellis, 94, said he now cannot sleep and is living in fear after three men stole £300 and a pearl necklace belonging to his wife, who is 81, when they entered his house at St Mark’s Avenue, Connah’s Quay.
Mr Bellis, who has been registered partially sighted, told the Leader that three men called at his home on Friday just after 9pm posing as local window cleaners who said they had come to claim their ladders from his back garden.
“It was unusual because the window cleaner always arrives a lot earlier,” Mr Bellis said.
“They said they’d take the ladders as long as I signed something.
“One of them stood talking to me in the kitchen when another one came in quickly and then they left.
“My wife, Margaret, said later that £300 had been taken from her purse, then when I went upstairs, everything in our three bedrooms had been trashed and left on the floor.”
The ladders had been taken from the garden of Mr Bellis’ neighbour, Jackie Lyon, who said she hadn’t noticed anything until she was informed by police.
“I’d been in all evening and the dogs hadn’t made a sound,” she said.
“I had no idea my ladders had gone until police came round, then I saw them propped up against Stan’s wall.”
Mr Bellis, a former RAF serviceman who has lived at his address on St Mark’s Avenue for over 51 years, said the men had been in and out of his home very quickly.
“It was frightening. They trashed our rooms in such a short time and just cleared off,” he added.
“They seemed like normal window cleaners. I’m not sleeping any more. I don’t feel right at all.”
A North Wales Police spokesman confirmed officers had received a call at 10.10pm on Friday with reports of a ‘distraction’ burglary involving money taken from a purse.
Officers are looking for three men in their 20s. The force issued descriptions of the men. One is said to have been wearing a black T-shirt with the others in green and navy shirts respectively. One of the men wore a black hat.
Mr Bellis added: “I nearly fell down the stairs when I saw what had happened, it’s devastating.
“It was a hell of an ordeal to go through, a horrible shock.
“The last few days have been awful – it’s like living in fear.”
North Wales Police has urged residents to remain vigilant and be wary of cold callers.
“Do not let anyone on to your property if you are suspicious and do not leave valuables on show,” a spokesman said.
Anyone with information relating to this incident is urged to call 101.