Detectives are appealing for information after a 92-year-old woman suffered significant bruising during a robbery by bogus callers at her Rotherham flat.
A male and female, said to be aged in their 50s, attended the elderly woman’s home in Bawtry Road at 6.50pm on Saturday, 8 February 2014, stating they were from the police.
After pushing the pensioner into her flat, the male caller restrained the 92-year-old, causing injuries to her arms, while the female caller searched the property.
Approximately £400 in cash was stolen before the pair left the scene.
DI Steve Ashmore from Rotherham CID said: “This was a terrifying ordeal for an elderly member of the community and we’re providing all relevant support to the woman. It appears to be an isolated incident but that’s no consolation to the victim who sustained significant bruising to her arms.
“To trick your way into someone’s home is devious and calculated but then to restrain a pensioner and take cash from her purse is a despicable act. House-to-house and forensic enquiries continue and I urge anyone with information to contact us.”
The male suspect is described as white, 5’10” tall, stocky build with a round face and he had a thick grey moustache. The man was wearing a blue anorak with a hood, which he wore up on his head, and spoke with a local accent.
The female suspect is described as white, 5’4”, slim build and was wearing a blue anorak similar to the man with a hood, which was pulled up covering most of her face. She also spoke with a local accent.
Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 967 of Saturday, 8 February 2014, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.