Burglar robs sheltered housing resident

Police are appealing for witnesses after the robbery. Picture: Julie Bull
Police are appealing for witnesses after the robbery. Picture: Julie Bull
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Police Scotland officers in East Lothian are appealing for information after a man broke into a flat in a sheltered housing complex this morning and stole money belonging to one of the residents.

At the property in Muirpark Gardens in Tranent, a 76-year-old woman awoke at around 3.15am and disturbed an intruder, who managed to make off with £500.

The suspect is described as white, around 20 years old, 5ft 8in, of normal build and unshaven. He was wearing a grey hooded top with the hood up at the time of the incident, and he spoke with a local accent.

Police Constable Jordan Sharp of the Community Investigation Unit at Musselburgh said: “The elderly woman was not hurt but this, of course, was a very distressing episode for her and we are keen to identify the person responsible as soon as possible.

“Anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in or around Muirpark Gardens in the early hours of Tuesday morning should contact Police Scotland on 101 or, alternatively, phone the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”