A brave pensioner foiled a burglar and scared him off calling him a 'wee shite' only to find he nicked her fags and lighter - two days before her 90th birthday.
Micheline Stephen was stunned to find a man in her kitchen, and tried to yank him by the rucksack he was wearing to stop him escaping.
But Micheline - known to pals in Cupar, Fife, as Michelle - reached for a relaxing cigarette only to find the man had nicked her fags and her lighter.
The outraged OAP, who was born in France and drinks a Martini everyday, feared the culprit may strike again and wanted other people to be alert.
She celebrated her 90th birthday two days later, on November 22.
Micheline said: "I told him that he was a wee sh*te."
The man tried to escape out a window but the sprightly gran, who had mistaken him for her grandson, tried to stop him.
She said: "I noticed it was not my grandson but a young man.
"He had a rucksack on his back.
"I tried to pull him in but I couldn't bring him back in and had to let him go. I just wanted to see his face and stop him.
"How dare he come to an old person's home to do that?
"I'm old but some people are much worse than I am and would not have put up a fight.
"I want other people to stay vigilant."
Proud daughter, Earenne, added: "We are having a laugh but we realise that it could have been nasty.
"But she was protecting her home."
The incident happened on Friday morning (Nov 20) at 8.20am.
A spokesman for Police Scotland said: "We received a report around 9.35am on Friday, 20 November, of a housebreaking at a property on Hill Street in Cupar.