An 86-year-old Selma woman’s home was burglarized Tuesday night as she was alone and getting ready for bed, said Tony Botti, spokesman for the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office.
Around 9:30 p.m., the woman heard what appeared to be knocking on the front door of her home on the 14000 block of East Huntsman Avenue. Soon after, she heard a window in her living room shatter and saw someone’s hand reach through the opening, trying to remove her large TV.
When the woman then activated her house alarm by pressing a button on a remote, the suspect or suspects drove away.
Deputies who responded also found damage to the door of a storage shed, believed to have been caused by a vehicle.
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“The fact that the homeowner had a home alarm system installed and knew how to activate it proved to be valuable during this event,” Botti said. “The woman was able to scare away would-be criminals, protect herself and alert law enforcement in one fell swoop.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office at (559) 600-3111 or Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-STOP (7867).