Police have made an appeal for information after an elderly woman has had her purse snatched from her home in Lancaster. At about 3pm on Wednesday 16th April, a man approached the house on Cleveleys Avenue, Lancaster, and knocked on the front door. The female victim never answered the door, although she did try to get a view of the man from the window of her front room. While the woman was doing this, the man went to the rear of the house and then entered the kitchen via the back door. The man has then removed the woman’s purse from her handbag before he left and walked back down the driveway onto the street.
The woman discovered that her purse, which contained money, a number of debit and credit cards and a key, was missing about 90 minutes later.
Sadly, the 81 year old victim was taken ill two days later on Friday 18th April and passed away later that day.
The offender has been described as being a white man with a slim build; he was around 175cm tall. He had short dark brown hair, at the time of the offence he was clean shaven and had been wearing a dark grey sweater and dark trousers. The offender was seen to drive away in a white van.
DI Simon Dent of Lancaster CID said ‘This is a tragic case where the victim has then passed away a couple of days later. We would appeal for any information anyone may have regarding the burglary, the man described or the vehicle she described he had driven off in.
Although the victim 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.’
Anybody who has got any information can get in touch with police on 101, quoting log number LC-20140416-0911. Information can also be passed on anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, or on-line at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. There are no personal details taken, no information is traced or recorded and you will not go to court.