Twice a victim, woman recalls painful times

ALBANY -- The pain of burglary runs deep in an 81-year-old former school teacher's heart.

Burglars stuck her home twice about a week ago, said Elizabeth Jones of Albany. They stole two televisions and a microwave.

They left her hurting in her modest West Lincoln Street home.

"It looks like just out of meanness and hurtfulness they pulled everything apart in my house," Jones said. "They turned all the drawers out on the floor and threw everything around."

Jones, a retired Dougherty County School System teacher, cannot fathom why her house was burglarized. She didn't have big screen televisions and her microwave was small.

"I've never done anything to anyone to deserve this," Jones said. "It looks like they were just out to hurt me."

Living on a small teacher's pension, Jones said she doesn't get Social Security checks. Her means are limited.

"The pension, it's not much," Jones said. "I just wish they (thieves) wouldn't do this, they don't know the pain it causes."

Probably everyone feels violated when their homes are burglarized and their private possessions are ripped apart.

The elderly could take it more to heart and become too frightened to leave their homes, said Angelika Smith, Senior Center director for SOWEGA Council on Aging.

"I know one woman who was beaten by burglars," Smith said. "Many elderly are so afraid to come home in the afternoon or night and find strangers in their homes that they don't leave their homes."

The Albany Police Department is investigating the burglaries of Jones' home, said Phyllis Banks, police spokeswoman.

Police statistics available for Dec. 12 through Jan. 8 state that there

were 132 reported burglaries in the city.