03/10/2017

Elderly Couple Burgled in Thornaby

Police are appealing for information after an elderly couple were burgled whilst in their home in Thornaby.

The incident happened at around 9.45pm last night, Monday 2nd October, on Rissington Walk.

Two men forced their way into the property causing a large amount of damage.

One of the men entered the living room, where an 89-year-old man was watching television. The suspect approached the man before he attempted to push the man out of his property, whilst calling for his wife who was in another room.

The elderly man then tried to leave the living room, however, the suspect held the door handle up so that he couldn’t.

The second suspect then entered a bedroom and searched through cupboards and drawers. An 88-year-old woman, who was in the room at the time, suffered a dislocated finger as the suspect grabbed hold of her.

Both suspects searched the rest of the property and made off with £320 in cash and two cordless telephones.

The first suspect is described as a white male, aged in his twenties, well build, with a fair complexion and was wearing a navy blue woollen hat with a pom pom, a black scarf covering his mouth and dark clothing including dark gloves.

The second suspect is described as a white male, aged in his twenties, around 5ft 8” tall with short, black hair, well built, fair complexion, clean shaven and wearing a navy blue anorak over dark clothing.

Detective Constable Shaun Jackson, from Stockton Operational Crime Team, said: “This has been traumatic for the elderly couple involved and they are left shaken and being comforted by family members.

“I believe that those responsible for this incident may have targeted the couple due to their vulnerability. This could have happened to anyone’s grandparents. It’s unacceptable and we are doing everything possible to find those responsible.

“I would ask that anyone with information comes forward to speak with police.”

Anyone who may have information or anyone with information regarding those responsible are asked to contact Detective Constable Shaun Jackson from Stockton Operational Crime Team on the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.