Christmas cash stolen from 92-year-old

Christmas cash stolen from 92-year-old

Christmas cash stolen from 92-year-old

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A THIEF broke into an elderly Ledbury woman’s home and stole cash she had set aside for Christmas presents.

The 92-year-old victim was in her lounge watching television when she heard a noise upstairs. She then saw a man rush past her and realised afterwards that £240 had been taken from a tin in her bedroom.

Police arrested 30-year-old Richard Davis, of Barnett Avenue, in Ledbury, following the incident on December 5 and he pleaded guilty to burglary when he appeared at Hereford Magistrates Court.

Police officers were so upset by what had happened that they applied to the West Mercia Police Community Fund to try and replace it.

Det Sgt Tim Dugmore, from Hereford’s CID burglary team, said he was delighted to be able to return the money to her in time for Christmas.

“When this woman had her home burgled, it wasn't just the cash that Davis took from her. He also took away the simple pleasure that we all experience in the giving of presents at Christmas, as that is what the money had been intended for,” he said.

“We were delighted when we were able to put the money in a Christmas card and give it to her along with a bunch of flowers, which meant that she could enjoy the festive period.”

After receiving the money, the pensioner returned a Christmas card to the burglary team with a note saying: “Remembering your kindness with warmth and gratitude, and for making my Christmas one I shall never forget...once more, thank you.”

Davis was released on bail after his court appearance and is due to be sentenced at Worcester Crown Court on February 8.

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11:13am Wed 9 Jan 13

Gillian1961 says...

What a low life, i hope he go's down for this crime, and thanks to the police for the help they have given this poor old lady,
What a low life, i hope he go's down for this crime, and thanks to the police for the help they have given this poor old lady, Gillian1961
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11:21am Wed 9 Jan 13

Guy66 says...

He should be made to pay back twice/three times the amount stolen, plus community service plus prison time!
He should be made to pay back twice/three times the amount stolen, plus community service plus prison time! Guy66
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12:10pm Wed 9 Jan 13

solar1 says...

So sorry that this lady went through such a horrible experience but very pleased that the Police were able to repay the money. Happy New Year to the Police and to the lady concerned.

As for the thief - can't print what I think of him apart from how despicable he is.
So sorry that this lady went through such a horrible experience but very pleased that the Police were able to repay the money. Happy New Year to the Police and to the lady concerned. As for the thief - can't print what I think of him apart from how despicable he is. solar1
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