Gran’s or­deal

“Bad peo­ple have just taken ad­van­tage of us”

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Strat­ton Wil­liams

Heart­less thieves smashed in a dis­abled grand­mother’s front door – then grabbed her house keys and sped off in her car.

Wheel­chair- bound Elaine O’Malley was in her house in Tanzieknowe Av­enue, Cam­bus­lang, watch­ing tele­vi­sion when the crooks struck around 9.45pm.

Heart­less thieves smashed in a dis­abled grand­mother’s front door – then grabbed her house keys and sped off in her car.

Wheel­chair- bound Elaine O’Malley and hus­band Thomas were in their house in Tanzieknowe Av­enue, Cam­bus­lang, when thieves struck around 9.45pm.

“I was on the sofa watch­ing tele­vi­sion and sud­denly heard this almighty bang – it was like an explosion,” said Elaine (57).

“I got into my wheel­chair and went into the hall­way and it was cov­ered in bro­ken glass and there was a huge black mar­ble stone ly­ing on the ground.

“Then I saw the head­lights of our car as it roared out the drive­way and off down the street.”

The thug had smashed the glass door, put his hand in through the gap and nicked the keys out of the lock.

Hus­band Thomas (57), who had been asleep in bed be­cause he starts work early at a Post Of­fice de­pot, came run­ning down­stairs to see what had caused the com­mo­tion.

“It was bad enough that they had smashed into our house and taken the car; but it really scared me to think that th­ese peo­ple had prob­a­bly been watch­ing our move­ments,” said mum-of-two Elaine.

“I’m pretty sure they must have known I’m in a wheel­chair and wouldn’t be able to re­act as quickly as other peo­ple.

“It has left us empty – hol­low – bad peo­ple have just taken ad­van­tage of us,” Elaine added.

“You think you are safe in your own home at that time of night – it’s not as though it was the mid­dle of the night – but clearly it doesn’t mat­ter to them when they carry out the at­tacks.”

The gran-of-three has been in a wheel­chair for 17 years and now faces be­ing un­able to get about.

“It’s hor­ren­dous. Be­ing with­out a car is a night­mare for me be­cause I rely on it so much to get to ap­point­ments and the like. This will make me house­bound un­til it is sorted out,” she added.

There is cur­rently no trace of the white VW Pas­sat fol­low­ing last Wed­nes­day’s theft.

A po­lice spokesman said: “We re­ceived a re­port of the theft of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle from a property in Tanzieknowe Av­enue, Cam­bus­lang , around 10pm on De­cem­ber 16.

“In­quiries are on­go­ing to ar­rest the in­di­vid­ual re­spon­si­ble.

“I would urge any­one who ob­served any sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity in this area around the time to con­tact us on 101.

“Please en­sure you are tak­ing ap­pro­pri­ate per­sonal and home safety pre­cau­tions. More info on how to keep safe over the fes­tive pe­riod is on the Po­lice Scot­land web­site,” he said.

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