'Despicable' thief stole elderly woman's purse
POLICE in Crediton say they are determined to catch the perpetrator of a "deplorable and despicable" crime which took place at the home of a vulnerable woman.
Police are seeking information after the attempted burglary took place at a property in the Greenway area of Crediton. A male suspect gained entry to the property via an insecure balcony door. The homeowner, an elderly woman, disturbed the man who fled stealing the victims purse.
The suspect is described as a white male, in his late teens to early twenties, 5ft 10ins tall. Of slim build with short dark hair. He was wearing a dark coloured top with a white shirt underneath and dark trousers. The attempted burglary took place at 8.45pm on Wednesday. September 11 and anyone who saw a man matching this description in the area around this time, is asked to contact police.
Sgt Dave MacFadden from Crediton Police said: "This is a deplorable and despicable crime committed against an elderly resident who is vulnerable due to her age. I would call upon the local community in Crediton to help catch this criminal by asking them to contact us with any information they have that might lead to his identification. Enquiries are continuing but all information would be gratefully received.
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"When I see this type of crime being committed against vulnerable victims it make me more determined to catch those criminals who obviously believe it is acceptable to steal from what was obviously an elderly person's home."
Police are reminding local residents to ensure they secure all doors and windows to rooms that they are not in to try and stop opportunist thefts occurring.
If anybody has information on this offence please make contact with the police national non emergency telephone 101 number or via Crimestoppers 0800 555 111, which is free and anonymous quoting reference KC/13/713.