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Pensioner threatened by frozen food thief
Saturday 24th April, 2010

A pensioner was threatened at knifepoint by an intruder who stole food from his freezer.

Shortly after 6.30am on Wednesday 21 April 2010, a 72-year-old man was in bed at his home on Withington Lane, Aspull, when he was woken by an intruder shouting: "Hello up there."

The man went to investigate and was confronted by the offender who was armed with a knife. He had entered through a ground floor bathroom window.

The offender threatened the man and demanded cash. He then searched various rooms in the house before leaving.

Various items, including cash and food from the freezer were stolen.

The offender is described as white, 5ft 9in tall, of medium build, in his mid 30s with medium length dark hair. He was wearing a maroon coloured top and hat.

Detective Constable John O'Donnell, from the Volume Crime Team at Wigan, said: "The victim was not injured but is understandably deeply upset having been threatened in his own home.

"Burglary is a top priority for GMP and continues to fall across the force, but we must never get complacent and we are doing all we can to identify this offender and bring him to justice.

"I'd like to hear from anyone who saw the offender lurking in the area or who has any information that can help us identify him."

Any one with information is asked to call the Volume Crime Team on 0161 856 5308, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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