Sometime between 8pm and 9:15pm on Thursday 23rd October 2014, two men broke into a house in the Roe Green area of Salford whilst the victim – a 77 year old partially deaf woman – sat in the living room unaware.
One of the men entered the living room and told the woman that they were police officers searching for an intruder whilst the other began searching the house for items to steal.
When challenged by the woman, the offender claimed he had left his warrant card in the car and would not let her call the police to confirm who they were. He then continued to keep the victim seated in the living room as his partner ransacked every room in the house.
Once the man had finished rifling through the woman’s belongings, the two of them then left the house with a pillowcase full of valuables, including a gold bracelet that held immense sentimental importance and was valued at over £1000.
Immediately following their retreat, the woman tried to call the police only to discover that the offenders had unplugged her phone in an effort to buy themselves more time.
The offender who detained the woman in the living room is described as approximately 6 feet tall, white with short hair and a local Salford accent
The second offender who searched the house for valuables is described as approximately 5 foot 8 and white with short dark hair.
Both men were dressed in dark clothing with scarves covering their faces.
PC Jon Shaw said: “This is a reprehensible incident where these two animals have preyed on the vulnerability of this woman.
“The presence of one of the men in the living room has rendered her completely helpless in her own home. I would like to pay tribute to the courage she has shown in coming forward and giving us a description of the men that could help us to prevent them from striking again.
“If anybody has any information then I would urge them to please contact the police or Crimestoppers, anonymously.”
Anyone with information should phone police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.