Police appeal for help after burglar snatches OAP’s handbag

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A vulnerable pensioner was burgled less than an hour after she and her husband had returned from a daytrip to the coast.

The 67-year-old woman was watching television in the front room of her home at Bullivant Road, Hatfield, at around 6.30pm on Sunday, February 9, when a masked man grabbed her handbag and ran off.

Doncaster detectives, who have carried out house-to-house enquiries and used a sniffer dog to try and trace the offender, are now appealing to the public for help.

Police believe the culprit entered the house through an unlocked front door, but that he may have been hanging around the area beforehand.

They are urging anyone who saw anything suspicious to come forward.

The burglar struck in seconds on Sunday evening giving the victim’s husband and daughter, who were upstairs, no time to come to her aid.

The pensioner shouted at the man, who said nothing, and tried to follow him, but he escaped with her handbag and ran towards Station Road.

The woman was unhurt, but was left shocked by the incident.

Her black leather bag contained a black leather purse with £50, three cheque books, bank cards – since cancelled – a pair of Janet Reger glasses worth around £170, and medication.

The offender is described as a man around 6ft 3in tall and of muscular build. He was wearing a grey tracksuit top and possibly matching bottoms, white trainers with a dark colour at the side and black knitted gloves and balaclava.

Said PC Emma Taylorson: “This was a cowardly attack on an elderly and vulnerable woman and we are urging any witnesses or anyone with information to get in touch.

“We’d also like to hear from anyone who knows the whereabouts of any of the victim’s belongings.”

Anyone who can help should contact South Yorkshire Police on: 101 and quote incident number 969 of 9 February, 2014. Alternatively people can call Crimestoppers anonymously on: 0800 555111.