Retiree's screams scare bare-chested beggar

AN Irish drink-driver drove at 165km/h, a bare-chested beggar broke into a retirement home and an Albury church was damaged in a weekend of crime in Albury.

Police said a 21-year-old from Ireland was detected driving more than 165km/h in a 1991 Toyota Cressida on the Hume Highway at Table Top at 6.30pm on Friday.

Police said the driver returned a blood-alcohol reading of .090.

He was charged with registering a middle-range prescribed concentration of alcohol and bailed to appear at Albury Local Court next month.

The Seventh Day Adventist Church in David Street was broken into between 9pm on Saturday and 7.20am yesterday.

The alarm was activated and nothing was stolen but damage caused.

Ewen & Leeah’s Mensland on Albury Street in Holbrook was also broken into between 11.30pm on Saturday and 8.55am yesterday.

Police said the shop was ransacked and property was stolen.

At 12.45am yesterday, an elderly woman woke up to rattling at the window of her room at the Severin Court retirement facility in Thurgoona.

Police said a man broke in through an unlocked front door and asked the 83-year-old woman for her wallet and money.

“The occupant has screamed and as a result the male has left the scene,” police said.

The man is described as Caucasian, 170 centimetres tall and wearing shorts and a hooded jacket left unzipped.

Anyone with information should phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.