CCTV footage released to help catch 'shameful' suspects who stole from blind great-grandfather while wife lay dying

Police have released CCTV footage of suspects who stole from the house of a blind great-grandfather while his wife lay dying upstairs in bed.

Friday, 23rd October 2020, 1:25 pm

Police want to speak to the suspects in relation to the distraction burglary, which took place at around 3am on Friday October 16th, at an address on Walter Street, Brierfield, when the male occupant went out into the street, to go and get help for his wife.

Mr Ronald Crowther (87) was duped by a man and woman who said they were ringing for an ambulance for his wife, Dorothy, who had suffered a fatal aneurysm.

A man and woman were reported to have entered the property, offering to telephone for an ambulance, while Ronald went upstairs to sit with his wife, who sadly died later that day.

Ronald and Dorothy with their granddaughter Sarah on her wedding day

Following the incident a purse and a mobile phone, belonging to Dorothy, were found to be missing and later reported stolen.

PC Rob Bayley of Lancashire Police said: “To commit a crime like this on an elderly and vulnerable man in his hour of need is shameful and appalling and we are committed to finding those responsible.

"The male victim believed the offenders, who were passers-by, were helping him by ringing for an ambulance while he went back upstairs to sit by the bedside of his dying wife.

“But it has later transpired that they had in fact helped themselves to a purse, which was on a table in the front room and a mobile phone from inside a handbag, which was down the side of a chair.

“I would ask anyone who saw these individuals around the time of the incident or anyone who think they might recognise them to please get in touch with any information they think would be useful.”

Enquiries are ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Lancashire Police on 101 quoting log number 0633 of October 17th.