Published on October 4th, 2012 | by admin0
Police Hunt Raiders Who Targeted Pensioner
AN ELDERLY woman feared for her life when two masked robbers burst into her home and threatened to smother her.
The 90-year-old was terrified as the young men brandishing sticks – closed the curtains and grabbed a rug from the washing line threatening to smother her if she didn’t tell them where she kept her money.
The two thugs then ransacked her home and made off with jewellery and a quantity of cash from the property in Foxwood Grove in the Kingshurst area of Birmingham on Saturday 8 September at just after 4pm.
The victim, although unharmed, was left badly shaken then managed to call her neighbour who raised the alarm.
Detective Constable Paul Parham, from the Force Criminal Investigation Department, said: “We are appealing to the public to help us find these attackers to ensure that this does not happen to anyone else. They got into the property through an insecure rear door in broad daylight.
“The victim was terrified that she was going to be killed and has been left feeling extremely vulnerable in her own home.
“We are sure that someone must have seen these men as they ran off on foot across Brockhall Grove and through an alley to Kingshurst Way. It was a warm sunny day, so there would have been people outside.”
While the stolen jewellery has little cash value, the pieces are sentimentally invaluable for the victim. The items include three gold rings and three gold chains; one with a crucifix the other with a plain cross and a distinctive gold chain with small pearls linked into it.
The first attacker is described as a light skinned mixed race man in his mid to late teens, around 5’6″ tall, of thin build with dark hair in braids running in lines to the back of his neck. He was wearing a white cloth over his face, with a dark blue or black t-shirt without a collar, dark long shorts below the knee, trainers and carrying a white plastic carrier bag.
The second was a thinly built white man, again in his mid to late teens, 5’2″ tall and cleanly shaven with light short hair. He was wearing a light coloured t-shirt with light shorts.
DC Parham added: “These types of incidents are exceptionally rare in the West Midlands – particularly in Kingshurst area where burglaries and robberies are down by over 50 per cent since April compared to the same period last year. However, one offence is one too many and we are determined to bring those to prey on the elderly to justice.”
Anyone with information is urged to contact DC Parham on 101 or information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.