Sawtell woman lives in fear

JANE Preece says she's too frightened to close her eyes at night, thanks to a brazen robbery at her Sawtell home last week.

The 62-year-old has been in shock ever since intruders snuck into her 1st Avenue unit, crept into her bedroom as she slept and stole her disability pension – $380 – from her purse.

Jane had gone to bed at 9pm and didn't realise anything was wrong until she opened her purse the next morning.

“I couldn't believe it. I knew straight away someone had been here. I think I cried for three days,” she said.

She thought she'd locked her front screen door before turning in, but acknowledges she could have been mistaken.

Jane takes morphine so she can sleep through the pain of the nerve and muscle damage in her right leg, which arose from her stroke about four years ago.

She's also on oxygen through the night due to her emphysema.

She shudders to think what might have happened if she's woken up when the crooks were standing over her.

“I wouldn't have wanted to confront them,” she said.

“I feel dirty and I feel violated, to think someone has been right next to me.

“I've been here all this time (two years) and thought I'd be safe upstairs. But from now on, I'll just make sure every door is locked."



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