KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- An 86-year-old widow was burglarized inside her own South Kansas City home while she was fast asleep in her bed. The thief made off with hundreds of dollars in cash, all she had in her home.
“I’m an easy target,” said Bobbie, a widow who walks with the help of two canes. “I`m old and crippled.”
It was an unsettling sight for Bobbie to wake up and see her front door wide open.
“It scares me,” she said. “I don’t want to go to a nursing home because I love my home.”
She's lived in her home for more than six decades, located in a neighborhood and on a street FOX 4 is intentionally keeping private for Bobbie’s protection. The house is a sanctuary she once shared with her late husband – a safe haven violated by a thief while she was sound asleep in her bed.
“It makes me angry, yes,” she said. “And I think, why do they pick on old people, crippled old people like me?”
Despite her disability, Bobbie always makes the rounds to ensure her doors are locked.
“I locked the door, yeah, and the screen too!” she said.
So, she's not sure how the burglar got inside, but she believes the crook made a quick getaway.
“Went out the front door and left it wide open,” she said.
The thief took off after finding her purse and stealing hundreds of dollars in cash from her social security savings stashed in her pocketbook.
“It`s not in there now,” she said, opening her empty wallet. “They took my money. Empty…”
Bobbie said that money was for things like groceries, emergencies, and perhaps a Christmas gift for her only son who plans to visit for the holiday.
“It was upsetting,” she said, “because I’m retired and I get social security, but I don`t work and make money like when I worked, so it makes a difference when you get old.”
It’s a costly crime during the season of giving that’s now sparking vigilance on Bobbie’s Kansas City street.
“Going to be more careful!” Bobbie said of her safety habits.
There are organizations in the metro that help ensure the safety and well-being of widows like Bobbie.
FOX 4 is connecting her with Widow Wednesday, a non-profit dedicated to offering emotional support to widows, while helping them with lawn care and handyman tasks around the house, such as fixing locks or broken window latches.
For more information on Widow Wednesday, click on this link.
If you know anything about Bobbie’s robbery, call Crime Stoppers at (816) 474-TIPS.