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Night Stalker' prowls again?

PUBLISHED: 17:11 17 June 2009 | UPDATED: 09:24 12 August 2010

THE so-called Night Stalker may have struck again after break-ins at the homes of two pensioners. Officers were called to reports of

THE so-called 'Night Stalker' may have struck again after break-ins at the homes of two pensioners.

Officers were called to reports of burglaries at separate addresses of two women aged 91 and 93 who lived 400 yards apart in the Shirley area of Croydon last Thursday.

The cases have been referred to Operation Minstead, the specialist unit set up to catch the rapist who preys on elderly people.

So far he has eluded capture for 18 years despite attacking scores of pensioners in south-east London including in Sidcup and Orpington.

Operation Minstead Detective Chief Inspector Colin Sutton said: "We are keeping an open mind on both incidents at this stage.

"Both occupiers were disturbed in the middle of the night by an intruder in their house. Both women have been shaken by it. There does not appear to have been any physical injuries."

The stalker is believed to have broken in to over 100 homes and be responsible for four rapes and 24 sexual assaults. On many occasions he cuts his victim's telephone lines and removes their light bulbs so he cannot be seen.

Police have offered a reward of £40,000 for information leading to his arrest and conviction.

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