ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) - A great-grandmother, home alone, lay terrified in bed as an intruder snatched sentimental valuables she may never see again.
The victim, 89 year-old Ellie Bisher, describes what went through her mind during the theft: “I didn’t know if he was gonna hurt me, if he was gonna rape me, I had no idea.”
Her husband, Joe Bisher, adds, “He went into her bedroom, and after he saw the wheelchair, the walker and all these different things, I’m sure he soon realized she wasn’t going to give him any problems.'
He went straight for the dresser drawers and demanded Bisher give him a pillow case to carry the stolen valuables out the door.
Ellie Bisher laments, “What makes me so sad is I lost my daughter two years ago in October, and she had given me almost everything he stole.”
Among those pieces were handcrafted headbands. She explains, “They’re not any good to him, they weren’t worth anything, but they were worth a lot to me.”
The couple had planned to hand much of this jewelry down to their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The thief was in and out in 15 minutes, but to Ellie Bisher, it felt like an eternity. She says, “Last night was the first night I slept all the way through. Before that I had to have Joe keep the light on for me.”
The situation is especially unsettling since the intruder is still on the loose. According to police reports, he is a white male with short, light brown hair, roughly 5’11 and 26 to 34 years old, thin with no facial hair, and wore a dark colored jacket.
Police say he most likely got into the Bishers' home by prying open their carport door. The couple plans to install an alarm system to ward off potential attackers, and for peace of mind.