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article imageCenturian thrashes home invader with litter stick

By Larry Clifton     May 16, 2012 in Crime
A 101-year-old woman thrashed her would-be robber about the head after the 44-year-old alleged jewelry thief invaded her home in north Sweden.
“I’m glad that I didn’t hit so hard that I hurt him,” 101-year-old Umeå resident, Barbro Boström, told the Aftonbladet, a local newspaper.
Prosecutors in the case say the man claimed he was a policeman and made his way into Boström’s house; Bostrom was initially shocked to be shoved into her own living room by the intruder.
However, the centenarian responded quickly, grabbing a litter stick that she usually uses to pick up fallen objects from the floor and waving it in the air before pummeling the man with it.
“Do you really want it to be on your conscience that you murdered a 100-year-old,” the woman allegedly told the thief, before pushing him up against the wall and waving her stick high in the air.
When an alert neighbor opened the door during the scuffle, the heavy-handed burglar made a dash for the front door.
The incident was just one of the home invader’s six failed attempts, wrote Aftonbladet. On the other hand, he had successfully scammed more than a dozen people before being caught by police.
During the months of December and January, the thief had victimized elderly people by gaining entrance to their homes dressed as a policeman.
The man allegedly stole from 16 households and 14 of the victims were over the age of 90.
On January 30th, the man was stopped by police in Sundsvall, northern Sweden, and 155,000 kronor ($21,435) worth of jewellery, make-up, and cash were discovered in his car. On top of this, the man is believed to have withdrawn 91,000 kronor from stolen bank cards.
Prosecutors told the paper that they're expecting a prison sentence for the man, who stands accused of aggravated theft and fraud.
“They have quite simply not dared to refuse in some instances, as they have believed he was a police officer,” said prosecutor Jonas Svanfeldt to the paper.
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