Man targets elderly lady in Sheffield burglary

Date published: 18 June 2019 09:59
Dated: 31 January 2019 17:32:11

Detectives are appealing for witnesses after an elderly woman had her home broken into by an offender carrying a knife.

At around 6.40am on Tuesday morning (29 January), a man wearing a baseball cap/black woolly hat and a black scarf covering most of his face, entered the home of an 80-year-old woman on Greenfield Road.

The victim, who was upstairs at the time, became aware the man was in her home and tried to alert someone. The man is then said to have threatened her with a knife, as Detective Constable Dean Craik explains.

“Thankfully the woman was not injured however she was understandably left incredibly distressed by what happened. She managed to raise the alarm with one of her neighbours, who came to the house before the man left, empty handed.

“He was travelling in a black Mercedes, thought to have been stolen from the Beauchief/Greenhill area between 25-29 January. The car was later found abandoned on Gervase Avenue and has now been recovered by police.

“The man is described as wearing a tight black puffa jacket, white, around 5ft 10ins tall and of medium build.

“This man was brazen in his actions, entering the woman’s home first thing in the morning and continuing to ransack her home when he was disturbed by her. We need to find him and bring him into custody.

“People may have been getting ready for work at that time, or getting ready to take their children to school – did you see anything? Could you have dash cam footage, which shows the offender in the area?

“If you can help, or if you saw or heard anything suspicious, please call 101 quoting incident number 181 of 29 January 2019. You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.”

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