Austria's news in English

Editions:  Europe · Austria · Denmark · France · Germany · Italy · Norway · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland

Pensioner in chairlift scares off would-be burglars

Share this article

Pensioner in chairlift scares off would-be burglars
Photo: Paul Gillingwater
09:25 CEST+02:00
A plucky 84-year-old woman from Upper Austria chased off two men who were attempting to rob her home.

According to a report in the Krone newspaper the pair broke into her house in Frankenmarkt, in the district of Vöcklabruck, by smashing a window pane at around 9.30pm.

She heard noises from the ground floor and came down the stairs in her chairlift with a flashlight. She surprised the two men, who escaped through the broken window and ran off.

A 34-year-old Tunisian man and a 21-year-old Moroccan man, both reportedly asylum seekers, were arrested shortly afterwards. The older man’s hands were cut and bleeding from the broken window pane.

Police said the pensioner was shocked but unharmed.

Share this article

From our sponsors

How to see the very best of Europe this summer

Forget flying! The best way to see Europe is via bus and rail. Oh, and it’s usually cheaper and often faster than taking to the skies. The Local rounds up some top tips for planning your next European adventure.