A 92-year-old woman has been attacked by burglars in Coventry who tried snatching an engagement ring from her finger.
Police are appealing for witnesses after the incident, which took place on the afternoon of Wednesday, October 14, at around 2.45pm.
Three men used a crowbar to force entry into their victim’s home on Hockett Street in the Cheylesmore area of the city.
They assaulted the woman in an attempt to remove a diamond ring from her finger that was given to her by her late husband.
Though they were unsuccessful, they were able to leave with more than £1,000 in cash.
According to West Midlands Police, she had been saving the money to purchase a new three-piece suite.
The incident happened just minutes after her daughter left, leading detectives to suggest the thieves may have been watching her home.
Police have described the men as white, in their 30s, and around 5ft 10in.
What have police said?
Detective Constable Surinder Dadry from Force CID said: “It’s hard to imagine how anyone could sink so low as to assault an elderly woman and forcibly try to rip a piece of sentimental jewellery from their finger.
“The victim’s daughter left the house just minutes before so we’re looking into whether the offenders had been watching the address.
“It was a brazen offence. The men having prised open the front door in the middle of the afternoon.
“If anyone saw three men in the area acting suspiciously I’d urge them to get in touch. Please check CCTV to see if the offenders have been caught on camera. And I’d ask any motorists driving in the area who have dash-cam to also check their footage.
“There will be people in the community who suspect who was involved. Has someone you know been boasting about coming into some money or flashing cash around?
“I’d ask those people to look into their consciences and do the right thing and contact us. This victim could have been your elderly mother or grandmother.
“People can contact us anonymously. We don’t need callers’ names or contact details – we just want information to help us catch these despicable offenders.”
Anyone with information can call the independent charity Crimestoppers for free on 0800 555111. Calls are anonymous. You won’t be asked your name and calls cannot be traced.
Or you can message West Midlands Police on Live Chat online or call on 101. Please quote crime reference 20CV/250479R/20.
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