A 42-year-old man from Ilford has been charged in connection with a robbery in Cavendish when raiders terrified a woman in her 70s while she was in her bed during the early hours of the morning.
The incident took place at the home of a woman in her 70s in Nether Road in the village during the early hours of Thursday, April 16.
Three male offenders entered the property just after midnight. The woman occupant was asleep in her bedroom when she was awoken by a man holding his hands firmly over her mouth and demanding property, while the two other men searched the home. After a short time, the victim was able to scream for help, alerting a neighbour who came to assist and raise the alarm. All three men fled the scene.
An untidy search of the property had taken place and an amount of cash and jewellery was been stolen.
Suffolk detectives directed Metropolitan Police officers to an address in Ilford on Wednesday, April 22, where a 42-year-old man was located and arrested in connection with the robbery. He was taken to Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre where he was questioned by officers.
Sammy Okat-Uma, 42, of New North Road, Ilford, has subsequently been charged with robbery.
He was remanded in police custody and is due to appear before Ipswich Magistrates’ Court today, Friday April 24.
Detectives investigating the robbery are continuing to appeal for any motorists who may have been in the Cavendish area between 10pm on Wednesday, April 15, and 1am on Thursday, April 16, to come forward with any dash-cam footage or if they saw anything suspicious.
Witnesses or anybody with information regarding the incident should contact West CID, quoting crime reference: 37/21419/20.
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Phone – 101.