A 95-year-old woman's St Annes home was targeted by at least one burglar as she slept in her bed in the early hours of this morning.
The break-in, which has been branded 'utterly disgusting' by police, only became apparent after the woman's Skoda Fabia was found on fire next to a pond in Kincraig Road in Bispham at around 4.15am.
As well as her car keys, a TV and unknown amount of cash were also taken at some point between 6pm on Wednesday and 4am yesterday, police said.
Officers traced the woman's burning car back to her Highbury Road home before bringing in specialist investigators to search for clues.
Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman Richard Edney said the Skoda was torched off-road close to the pond and destroyed.
He said: "The car was well alight when we got there and we believe the fire was started deliberately. We put out the flames fairly quickly and we are now working with the police to investigate."
Speaking on Twitter, an officer from the Road Policing Unit said: "Sadly one of our units attended a burglary in St Annes that occured whilst the 95-year-old occupant slept in her bed. Utterly disgusting.
"The occupant's vehicle while was stolen was later found burnt out in Bispham, close to the college."
Information can be reported to police on 101 by quoting reference number 145 of December 31, 2015 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org