ANSONIA, Conn. (WTNH)-- A home invasion in Ansonia has left a 78-year-old woman shaken up. Police say the thief made off with her pocketbook, credit cards, and $40 in cash.
"He told me to lay down on the floor and he said don't look, don't look. Keep your head down and he put his foot on my neck," said the victim.
That woman is thankful to be alive after she was awoken by a noise early Monday morning. She got up to see what it was, and came face to face with an intruder.
"The window was wide open, like this window, and he had cut the screen and that's how he got in and got out," said the woman.
With the extreme heat, the windows were open all night to help keep cool.
In a perfect world, during heat waves like this, we'd all have our windows closed and our air conditioning on. But there are older homes where air conditioning is not an option.
Police say people need to be extra cautious during the summer months when security measures might be passed on in exchange for a cooler house.
Here are some things you can do to stop your home from being a target:
- Use dead bolts on doors.
- Make sure windows are locked in place with special hardware when cracked open.
- Keep a light or television on at all times inside the home.
- Have ample outdoor lighting as well.
"In the building behind us there are flood lights on each corner of the building. There are plenty of lights along the walkway and above each door," said Officer David Hartman, New Haven police.
There are also some things you should not be doing.
"The house over here, they're doing some gutter renovations. This ladder's been up for quite a while and that ladder could easily be an invitation for somebody to break in to a second floor," said Hartman.
As for the woman in Ansonia, she says sensor lights are going in and she hopes to close her windows for good, soon.
"I have to get a new furnace. So I'm hoping they can do the air conditioning at the same time," said the victim.
Ansonia police say the suspect is still on the loose. The homeowner believes she knows who he is and officers are following up on leads.
ANSONIA, Conn. (WTNH)-- Ansonia police are looking for the man who robbed an elderly woman in her home on Monday.
Police say a man entered through a kitchen window into 99 Tremont Street around 2:03 AM. When the 78-year-old resident went into the kitchen to investigate noises she heard, she was approached by the suspect, who forced her to the ground.
The man asked the victim for money and when she told him she had money in her pocketbook, the suspect took it and fled.
Police say the suspect got away with around $40 cash and the pocketbook with the victim's identification and credit cards inside it.
No weapons were displayed.
A strong suspect has been developed by police but no description is available other than he was wearing shorts.
Anyone with information or who sees anything suspicious is asked to contact Ansonia police at 203-735-1885.
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