By Tara Rippin • 24 October 2020 • 13:13
Elderly woman burgled while she ‘lay dying upstairs in bed’ by people who pretended to help, according to police.
Lancashire Police have released CCTV of two people they want to speak to over the alleged distraction burglary at around 3am on Friday, October 16 in Brierfield.
The incident took place when “the male occupant went out into the street, to go and get help for his wife”.
A man and woman were reported to have entered the property, offering to telephone for an ambulance, while the victim, who is in his 80s, went upstairs to sit with his wife, who sadly died later that day.
Following the incident a purse and a mobile phone, belonging to the deceased woman, were found to be missing and later reported stolen.
PC Rob Bayley of Lancashire Police said: “To commit a crime like this on an elderly and vulnerable man in his hour of need is shameful and appalling and we are committed to finding those responsible.
“The male victim believed the offenders, who were passers-by, were helping him by ringing for an ambulance while he went back upstairs to sit by the bedside of his dying wife.
“But it has later transpired that they had in fact helped themselves to a purse, which was on a table in the front room and a mobile phone from inside a handbag, which was down the side of a chair.
“I would ask anyone who saw these individuals around the time of the incident or anyone who think they might recognise them to please get in touch with any information they think would be useful.”
Enquiries are ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Lancashire Police on 101 quoting log number 0633 of October 17th.
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