TEENAGE thugs left an 85-year-old woman needing hospital treatment after they assaulted her in her Brighouse home and took her money.
The incident on Saturday December 8 happened just before 11pm on Oaks Green Mount when three males wearing balaclavas went into the house.
Once inside they demanded money and grabbed the pensioner’s arm and hit her in the face. She was left with bruising to both areas before the teenagers made off with a quantity of cash.
Calderdale CID are now appealing to the community to help bring the offenders to justice.
Detective chief inspector Terry Long of Calderdale CID said: “This was an attack on an old lady for just a few pounds. Although she wasn’t seriously injured she did have to go to hospital and was left shaken.
“Thankfully incidents like this in West Yorkshire and Calderdale in particular are extremely rare and we have increased patrols in the area to help reassure residents.
“I am making a direct appeal to anyone who has seen this incident to get in touch with Calderdale CID on 101. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”
Police officers are investigating that the offenders may have been people who had previously been to the house.
They are warning against possible ‘bogus’ burglaries where someone goes to a house and pretends to be offering a service such as pretending to be from a utility provider or offering to carry out some work.
The strategy is to distract the householder and then steal valuables when the person’s back is turned.
“They seemed to know what they were doing when they went in so we are looking at whether this lady may have had someone call round at her house and carry out some work inside,” added DCI Long. “We are also investigating if anyone else locally has been the victim of a so called bogus burglary.”
“If you have any elderly or vulnerable neighbours or relatives then check they are OK and have precautions such as a chain on the door and know to always ask for identification of any uninvited callers.
“Genuine service providers will not have a problem in you simply asking to see their identification and will not be offended if you ask them to come back another time when there is someone with you in the house.”
Officers are urging residents to take extra care this Christmas period to guard against festive thieves and to take simple measure such as locking doors and windows to make life more difficult for would-be burglars.
“Christmas is a time for giving but opportunist thieves have their eyes fixed on anything they can get their hands on - and at this time of year there are often a lot of valuable items under the tree,” said DCI Long.