Woman, 97, is burgled twice in six days by attackers who stole a wedding ring from around her neck and searched through her Christmas cards for cash
- The elderly woman was targeted at her home in Rochdale, Greater Manchester
- One of the burglars claimed he was there to fix the alarm and was allowed inside
- Six days later a man broke through a window and lifted a necklace over her head
A 97-year-old woman was burgled twice in six days by attackers who stole cash, took her wedding ring and even searched through her Christmas cards for money.
The elderly woman was targeted at her home in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, in the week before Christmas in two attacks which police said were ‘linked’.
One of the burglars claimed he was there to fix the alarm and stole her purse once she allowed him inside.
Police said the woman, who has not been named, was ‘very shaken up’ by the two thefts.
The wedding ring on a chain which was stolen by a burglar who targeted a 97-year-old woman’s home in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, shortly before Christmas
On Sunday, December 16, the alarm went off at the house in Park Road while the woman was at home.
An unknown man approached her and offered to help but quickly departed the scene when a neighbour arrived, police said.
The following evening a man knocked on the door claiming he was there to fix her alarm.
After he was allowed in he stole the woman’s purse, which contained a small amount of cash, from her handbag.
Six days later, on Sunday, December 23, a man smashed through the rear patio window and broke in after the 97-year-old had ignored a knock on her front window.
‘Once inside, he opened the woman’s Christmas cards, seemingly searching for cash,’ a police spokesperson said.
‘He then approached the woman as she sat in her armchair and lifted the necklace she was wearing over her head before leaving the address with 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.’
The elderly woman was targeted at her home in Park Road (pictured) in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, in the week before Christmas in two attacks which police said were ‘linked’
Detective Constable 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 23 December 2018.