Elderly man disturbs burglars in his St Austell home
AN ELDERLY man disturbed two people burgling his home.
Police are urging residents to be vigilant after burglars struck three St Austell homes this week.
At about midday on Wednesday, February 27, intruders damaged ornaments while forcing their way into a Porthpean Road house through a window.
After searching the property, the elderly man who lived there disturbed them and they fled.
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He told police he saw one male and heard another.
He described the one as clean shaven, aged between 30 and 45, of medium build, about 5ft 7in with dark brown hair combed back and balding patches either side, with a narrow face and possibly wearing blue overalls.
"This was particularly harrowing for the elderly man who disturbed the offenders," said inspector Stuart Gibbons.
On the same day, between 10.30am and 12.30pm, burglars struck a home in Penpillick, Par.
After forcing a rear door open, they pulled out draws and cupboards while searching the home.
The crooks made off with about £500 of valuables such as a stainless steel pocket watch and jewellery including matching earrings and a bracelet with pennies hanging from them by wire and an 18 carat gold ring with three opals.
A home in Roselyn Close was targeted on Friday between 11am and 4pm. But the only thing stolen was a key to the front door, prompting police to believe the criminals plan to return.
"Unfortunately burglaries are occurring at the moment in the town and we ask people to be extra vigilant," added Mr Gibbons.
Anyone with information on the above crimes can call St Austell police on 101.