Police are appealing for information after an elderly woman had her purse snatched from her home in Lancaster.
Around 3pm on Wednesday 16 April, a man has approached the house on Cleveleys Avenue, Lancaster, and has knocked on the front door. The female victim did not answer the door, but did try to get a view of the man through the window of her front room. While she did this, the offender has gone to the rear of the house and has entered the kitchen via the back door. He has then removed the victim’s purse from her handbag before leaving and walking back down the driveway onto the street. The victim then discovered her purse, which contained money, a number of debit and credit cards and a key, was missing around ninety minutes later.
Sadly, the victim of this offence, Mrs Doreen Gardner, 81, was taken ill two days later on Friday 18 April and passed away later that day.
The offender is described as a white man of slim build and around 175cm tall. He has short, dark brown hair and, at the time of the offence, was clean-shaven and was wearing a dark grey sweater and dark trousers. The offender was also seen to drive away in a white van.
DI Simon Dent of Lancaster CID said; “This is a tragic case where the victim, Mrs Gardner, has then passed away a couple of days later.
“We would appeal for any information anyone may have regarding the burglary, the man Mrs Gardner described or the vehicle she described he had driven off in.
“Although Mrs Gardner has described a white van, we are keeping an open mind to any visiting vehicles that were on Cleveleys Avenue at the time, and would welcome any information people may have that could help us catch this man.”
Anyone with information can contact Police on 10, quoting log number LC-20140416-0911.
Alternatively, information can be passed on anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, or on-line at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.