A PENSIONER was robbed in her own home by a gang of teenagers wearing balaclavas.
The terrified 85-year-old was robbed for just a few pounds in cash and had to be taken to hospital after the ordeal.
Police are now hunting the gang, who struck at 11pm at the property on Oaks Green Mount, off Crowtrees Lane, in Rastrick, on Saturday, December 8.
Detective Chief Inspector Terry Long of Calderdale CID, said: “This was an attack on an old lady for just a few pounds.
“Although she wasn’t seriously injured she did have to go to hospital and was left very shaken.
“Thankfully incidents like this in West Yorkshire and Calderdale in particular are extremely rare and we have increased patrols in the area to help reassure residents.”
It is thought the suspects gained access through the front door and once inside they demanded money and grabbed the woman’s arm and hit her in the face.
They then made off with some cash, leaving the woman with bruising and very shaken.
Calderdale CID believe the suspected were teenagers and detectives are investigating the possibility that the offenders may have previously been in the property.
“They seemed to know what they were doing when they went in so we are looking at whether this lady may have had someone call round at her house and carry out some work inside,” added DCI Long.
“We are also investigating if anyone else locally has been the victim of a so-called bogus burglary.
“A bogus burglary is when someone goes to a house and pretends to be offering a service – for example by pretending to be from a utility provider or offering to carry out some work.
“Their intention, however, is to distract the householder. For example by asking them to run a tap or asking them to make a cup of tea. They will then steal valuables when the person’s back is turned.
“I am making a direct appeal to anyone who has seen this incident to get in touch with Calderdale CID on 101. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”