‘Sick­en­ing’ bur­glars in two raids on OAP, 97

Rochdale Observer - - NOSTALGIA -

BUR­GLARS tar­geted a 97-year-old woman twice in a week, steal­ing a fam­ily heir­loom, and open­ing her Christ­mas cards to look for any cash.

Dur­ing the raids, which have been de­scribed as “sick­en­ing” by po­lice, pre­cious jew­ellery was snatched from her neck as she sat in an arm­chair.

The vic­tim’s or­deal be­gan on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 16 when she was alone in her home in Park Road, Rochdale, when her house alarm was trig­gered.

An un­known man who was seem­ingly pass­ing by, of­fered to help, but he quickly left when a neigh­bour ar­rived.

The next day be­tween 5pm and 9pm, an un­known man knocked on the woman’s front door and claimed he was there to fix the alarm.

Once the bogus caller was in­side, he stole the woman’s purse con­tain­ing a small amount of cash from her hand­bag.

Six days later, on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 23 the vic­tim heard a knock on her front win­dow around 7.30pm but she ig­nored it. Soon after, a man smashed the rear pa­tio win­dow and broke into the house.

Once in­side, he opened the woman’s Christ­mas cards, search­ing for cash. Then as the woman sat in her arm­chair, he lifted the neck­lace she was wear­ing over her head and stole it.

The long gold chain con­tained the woman’s gold wed­ding ring, which is of great sen­ti­men­tal value, and a fam­ily heir­loom which had been passed down from her grand­mother.

Po­lice be­lieve the same man car­ried out both buglar­ies.

Det Con Jor­dan Wil­cock, from Rochdale CID, said: “Thank­fully, the woman was not in­jured but she was un­der­stand­ably very shaken up by this or­deal.

“It is sick­en­ing that a 97-year-old woman was tar­geted in this way and had her pre­cious jew­ellery snatched from around her neck in her own home.

“The photo of the neck­lace is not the best qual­ity, but we are hop­ing peo­ple might recog­nise it and help us re­turn it to the vic­tim.

“Did you see any­one act­ing sus­pi­ciously or any­thing un­usual in the area at the time? Any in­for­ma­tion you have may be vi­tal in al­low­ing us to catch the cow­ardly thug who robbed this vul­ner­a­ble and el­derly woman.”

Any­one with any in­for­ma­tion should call po­lice on 0161 856 8635 quot­ing in­ci­dent num­ber 1948 of De­cem­ber 23, 2018 or in­de­pen­dent char­ity Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.

●●The neck­lace taken from the 97-year-old woman

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