Police are helpless as mentally ill girl robs homes

LAST UPDATED: 2 Apr, 2009 @ 17:19
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Police are helpless as mentally ill girl robs homes

HOMEOWNERS in the Guadalhorce valley are being terrorised by a mentally ill girl breaking into their properties.

The young girl has been caught red handed in several properties going through belongings.

Yet police say they cannot do anything as the gypsy woman in her twenties is considered 80 per cent mentally challenged, as well as deaf and dumb.

When police spoke to the girl after she had broken into different properties last week, she was quickly released. Within 20 minutes, neighbours explained, she was back at another local property.

One, Lisa Taylor, 36, a landscape gardener and one of the girls’ victims, said: “I came home from work to find her coming out of my cellar in broad daylight.

“I was furious and had to kick her off of my property.”

The girl was later spotted by Ms Taylor’s neighbours Julie and David Withey, who had to chase her out of their own garden and saw her enter another neighbour’s property.

She then went on to try several gates and doors along the road from Coin to Tolox before the police were called.

Police apparently told them that the woman is known in the area and is not considered a threat to its inhabitants.

According to Mrs Withey: “It seems that the police have washed their hands of it.”

Added Ms Taylor: “All we can do is padlock everything shut to keep her out. I am going back to England for a few days and I’m certainly not happy about leaving the place empty.”

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