‘Sickening’ burglars in two raids on OAP, 97
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