A disabled Dundee pensioner has spoken of her terror after a thief broke into her bedroom, climbed on top of her and told her he had Aids.
Yvonne Cullen was asleep in her sheltered housing flat when the intruder climbed in a window, threatened her and then made off with a haul of valuables.
The 73-year-old said she was left “frozen” as the man straddled her on her bed and demanded she tell him her bank pin, before taking an iPad, two mobile phones, bank cards and jewellery.
Police are continuing to investigate the incident, which happened in the early hours of June 4 at Ancrum Place.
It happened just a day after Yvonne’s 84-year-old neighbour, Thomas Glancy, was targeted in a similar manner.
Mr Glancy had £400 stolen, but never woke up while the thief was in his home.
Yvonne, a retired taxi driver, said: “I had been at the casino and got a lift home about midnight and was in bed about 1am.
“All of a sudden I became aware of somebody in the house. The bedroom leads into the living room and the door was shut. I heard the door opening and shouted, ‘Who’s that?’
“There was no answer, but then the next thing he was in the room, sat on my chest in my bed and asked me for my bank card and pin. His face was just a few inches from mine and he said to me, ‘I have Aids’.
“I could feel his breath on me, it was terrifying. He straddled me with his legs on my ribs and grabbed my wrists. He was wearing gloves.
“All sorts of things go through your head. You don’t know if they’ll attack you or rape you or what.”
Yvonne, who has four children and 11 grandchildren, has diabetes, arthritis and fibromyalgia. She uses a mobility scooter, which was plugged in through the kitchen window which the man had climbed through to get into her house.
Yvonne said he talked to her constantly throughout the raid, telling her he was from Glasgow and was a drug addict.
She said: “He said to me, ‘Old people all have money, I know they do’.
“I told him I had nothing. Thankfully I hadn’t won anything at the casino. When he was on top of me he was feeling around my neck for my alarm but I wasn’t wearing it. I have one of the community alarms next to my bed so I pressed it.
“It went through to a community alarm person with the council, and they said they would send two wardens round, but I told them I wanted the police. He panicked when he heard me speaking through the alarm and just took off.
“It took 20 minutes for the wardens to come and another 10 or 20 minutes for the police after that.
“By that time the guy had escaped, but I could have been dead and buried. After that I just lay there then I eventually got up and was crying as I put clothes on over my pyjamas.”
Yvonne added that she wants to leave the sheltered housing complex as she doesn’t feel safe. “I stayed with one of my daughters the night after it, but didn’t sleep a wink. I’m usually a deep sleeper but since then I’m waking up all the time, even at the slightest noise. I still have a fuzzy feeling in my head from it all. When I close my eyes I can see his face.”
Yvonne’s daughter, Liz Cullen, has complained to Dundee City Council regarding the warden service at the complex, as well as passing her views to regulators at the Care Inspectorate.
A spokesman for the police said an investigation was ongoing, adding: “If you were in the Ancrum Area between 1-2am on June 4 and aware of anyone acting suspiciously, speak with police.”
A spokesman for the council said: “Where a complaint has been made, it will be investigated and the manager of the service will discuss the findings with the complainer.”