TEENAGE burglars targeted an elderly disabled woman in her home in what police have called a "vicious and nasty" attack.
Seventy-nine-year-old Dora Smalley, of the Old Dean estate in Camberley, is suffering from shock and minor injuries after two youths lied their way into her home and then stole her pension money.
On March 15 Mrs Smalley recalled her terrifying ordeal by the two cowardly thugs who left her badly shaken.
"I was sitting doing a crossword when there was a tap on the door," Mrs Smalley said.
"A boy was there and he pointed across the street saying my friend had been flooded and I had to turn my water off."
When she hesitated, the youth said he would turn it off for her and walked past her into the kitchen.
She followed him, and an accomplice then walked into her house and also went to the kitchen, turning on taps to keep Mrs Smalley distracted while the first burglar ran into her living room.
He grabbed her purse containing £300, most of which was the pension she had collected that day, before they both escaped out of the back door.
"I caught the first one as he was climbing over the fence," Mrs Smalley said.
"I shouted ‘you've got my purse', but I've only got one arm and there was no way I could fight back.
"He pushed me on my bad arm and they ran off."
Even then Mrs Smalley's thoughts were with the friend who she thought had been flooded.
"I flew round to my friend's house to see if she was alright but she said she didn't know anything about it.
"It was very terrifying. I have only just stopped shivering.
"Last night I lay on my bed fully clothed with my walking stick next to me but I didn't sleep a wink."
Police believe Mrs Smalley was targeted by the burglars because of the distinctive white handle grips that she has outside the front door to help her overcome the problem of a paralysed arm.
Det Con Jason Lyth, of Camberley CID, said Mrs Smalley was in deep shock when he first tried to interview her.
"This is a horrible incident, picking on vulnerable people," he said.
"We think the burglars called on another house in the same close before hers but when the occupant answered they walked off saying it was just a joke."
The burglars are described as white boys possibly between 12 and 15 years old.
The first is 5ft 2in tall and has a distinctive speech impediment which means he cannot pronounce his words properly.
The second is 5ft 6in tall and slim, with dark hair. He wore a blue baseball cap.
Police are appealing for witnesses to the crime, or anyone who has information about it, to call Camberley police station on 01276 27131, or phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
Det Con Lyth said: "We think they are probably local lads and we ask anyone at the local shops who notices young boys with large amounts of cash to contact us.
"We are also appealing to parents who may notice their children with money or new expensive items to let us know."
The police are urging people to be careful about opening their doors to strangers.
"When someone comes to the door you should ask for ID while keeping the door on the chain.
"Then check the ID by phoning the number and verifying that the caller is legitimate," a police spokesman said.
"Do not accept mobile phone numbers and don't let the person rush you into letting them in."
Mrs Smalley spoke of her distress at letting them into her home.
"I normally ask who they are. I don't know why I didn't this time.
"I know things like this go on in this estate — we never go out alone.
"I shall be more careful in future, particularly on pension day."