Mandi and Warren
Mandi and Warren "Wazza" Pickering with their blind dog Bella, who alerted them to an intruder. Matthew Newton

Grandma terrified by brazen home intruder

IT WAS 12.30am on Saturday and Mandi Pickering's blind dog, Bella, had just growled.

Mandi got up, walked out to the back porch and turned on the lights to see if Bella was okay.

A man dressed in black was standing on her back patio. What scared Mandi the most was that this intruder didn't run away.

"He was so blasé about it, just so casual," she said.

Mandi went to wake her husband Warren and, by the time he looked outside, the intruder was only just walking out the couple's side gate.

"I was so scared, it just really scared me... why should I be scared in my own home when (the intruder) wasn't?" Mrs Pickering said.

"I have my grandchildren stay over most Friday nights and it was just so scary - your first thoughts always go to your loved ones and your house.

"I know Bella would try and protect us but, with her being blind, it's a little bit hard.

"But all these years everyone's made fun of her and she's come to the rescue when we truly needed it."

The police did several laps of Platz St and the surrounding areas but Ms Pickering didn't get any sleep for the rest of the night.

"I don't know why this is happening to Chinchilla. It used to be such a lovely little town," she said. Ms

Pickering said she thought crime rates around town had increased noticeably during the past six months.

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