Lincoln nursing home raider told startled resident “I’m only a burglar”

Lincolnshire Police are appealing for witnesses and information after a man broke into a Lincoln nursing home before making off with a resident’s belongings.

The burglary took place at Altham Court Nursing Home in Lincoln on Wednesday December 9 at around 1.30am.

Staff at the home on Altham Terrace reported that a 61-year-old female resident in a downstairs room had been in bed when she was woken by a noise and saw a man in her room.

He did not injure the woman in any way and left through a window, through which it is believed he entered.

When the victim asked him what he was doing he replied that he was “only a burglar” before leaving. He is described as having a local accent.

The lady’s handbag was stolen during the incident.

The offender is described as being aged in his late teens, of thin build, and he is thought to have been wearing matching grey tracksuit bottoms and a grey tracksuit hooded top.

Lincolnshire Police are reminding people to make sure doors and windows are secure at all times to deter opportunist burglars.

A spokesperson from the force said: “We are also appealing for anyone who has any information about this incident to get in touch with us.

“Anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious, or who saw a man matching the description, is asked to contact Lincolnshire Police on 101 quoting incident 17 of December 9.

“Alternatively contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”