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Woman confronts burglars fleeing from her home
8:55am Friday 27th September 2013 in News
A WOMAN who returned home and challenged burglars is appealing for help to find them.
Valerie Crissell, 40, of Bergholt Road, Colchester, drove in from work and onto her driveway and saw two men acting suspiciously as they walked away from her house.
She said: “I asked them what they were doing and they said nothing so I asked again and they said ‘knockin of your effin’ door’.
“I saw them walk up to Enid Road and when I got to the house I saw they had broken in.”
She has worked with police on an e-fit following the raid in broad daylight at 1.50pm on Monday, September 9.
They got in after smashing a rear door and stole €50 Euros but were disturbed by her arrival.
The two men were both in their early 20s, and of tanned European appearance.
One of them was wearing a brown jumper and jeans and the other a blue hooded top and jeans. They were both wearing white trainers.
Ms Crissell said: “It is frustrating. Hindsight is a wonderful thing and I wish I had rang police and followed them.
“I knew what they were up to and when I called the police they got the helicopter out and it was a shame I was on my own when I saw them.
“I couldn’t do a citizen’s arrest against two blokes.
“They would have just run off.”
She added she is now paranoid in her own home but refuses to let them beat her.
“It is hard and worrying when you think about people being in your property but they won’t get the better of me,” she said.
“There was an attempt across the road a couple of months ago and the man in the petrol station said they matched the description.”
Anyone who recognises the man in the e-fit or who has any other information about the break-in call Det Con Tim Harris at Colchester police station on 101 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.