Caught in the act
A QUICK trip home during a break from work turned into a nightmare yesterday for a Banora Point woman who came face-to-face with an intruder.
The woman, who returned to pick up a %mobile phone, got the fright of her life when she saw a burglar leaving her house with some of her cherished goods.
She said the young man fled from the rear door when he saw her, taking with him a box of jewellery.
It was the second Banora Point break-and-enter in as many days.
Not long after the woman arrived at work yesterday she realised she had left her mobile phone at her Martinelli Avenue home.
She saw the young man leaving her house through the back door when she arrived on the back porch at home about 11.30am.
"He literally looked at me and ran past in front of me," she said. "I have never seen anyone run so fast. He didn't panic, he just ran. He was a sprightly fellow and he scaled the fence with the jewellery box in his hand, so he knew what he was doing."
The woman said she felt relieved that she wasn't harmed and said it was lucky he didn't manage to steal any of her other possessions.
"He might have jemmied the back door, but it didn't look like it, so we may have left it open; I don't know," she said.
"I want to alert people that this has happened and remind them to watch their houses."
The woman gave a description of the man to police when they arrived to investigate the incident. He is described as being aged in his early 20s and has a fair complexion with grey eyes. He was wearing a grey v-necked skivvy top, light blue skinny jeans and a red baseball cap at the time. He was last seen heading toward Oyster Point Road.
Another break-in occurred the previous day on Terranora Road at Banora Point.
Police said a Samsung LCD television was stolen between 11am and 3pm on Tuesday and the thief is believed to have entered through an unlocked side door. Tweed residents are now being reminded to secure their premises.
"We are reminding people to be wary of home security at this time and to not leave doors and windows open when they are not home," Inspector Darren Steel of Tweed Heads police said.