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Grandmother threatened by thieves who stole more than £2,000 from her Arundel Drive in Borehamwood home
A grandmother who was left terrified when men barged into her house and threatened her with a screwdriver has spoken about her ordeal.
The victim was in her house in Arundel Drive in Borehamwood, in the morning of July 25 when three men climbed over her garden fence and stormed into her house, stealing more than £2,000 in cash.
One of them threatened her with a screwdriver and demanded she hand over all her money, which was hidden in a cloth bag in a cupboard.
The grandmother, who works as a greengrocer and did not wish to be named, said: “He told me my grandson, who is in prison, owed him money.
“I told him where the cash was and he grabbed me and said you’d better not be lying to me.
"He growled and snarled at me, I was terrified.”
She said he found the bag, weighed it in his hands and then threw it to the ground in disgust, saying her grandson owed him at least £40,000.
“My grandson did not owe anyone anything, they must have been chancers.”
The man knelt and began fumbling in the cupboard under the stairs for more money, trapping the other two in the kitchen with the door.
While his back was turned, the grandmother stepped over the man’s legs and ran to the front door, which she opened a few inches, and then began yelling for help.
“The ring leader grabbed me by my shoulder and hip and threw me to the ground to punish me for screaming.
“My head flopped back and hit the ground. By the time I got up they were already half way down the street.”
She added one of the other men grabbed the bag filled with the cash before running off.
The ringleader, who is five foot five and aged about 25, is described as “slightly stocky”.
He was wearing a distinctive dark grey shell suit jacket with black shoulders and a cap pulled down low from which spikes of fair hair stuck out.
The other two, whom the victim described as being six foot tall or just under, were very skinny and in their early 20s. One was wearing a royal blue tracksuit and the other had on a black one.
A month after the incident, the grandmother has put her house on the market because she is too scared to remain in Borehamwood.
She added: “It's a lovely house, but I can't bear to live there anymore.
"Three weeks later and I’m still suffering. I’m in excruciating pain in my shoulder and hip where he grabbed me.
“I’m on strong painkillers and still can’t lie on my side.
“I’m depressed and traumatised by this, but you have to go on.”
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