CALLOUS thieves forced their way into the home of an 80-year-old Hucknall woman and pinned her down while they stole jewellery from around her neck.
The crime has sent shockwaves through the town and a full manhunt has been launched by detectives, who have labelled the attackers “heartless”.
The victim has not been named and she has been left too shaken by her ordeal to speak to the Dispatch.
The two men responsible for the theft pushed their way into the pensioner’s bungalow on Bestwood Road at about 10.30 pm on Monday (June 11).
Bizarrely, they told her to turn her taps on. But she refused.
She was forced to the floor while one of the offenders searched her bedroom. A necklace with sentimental value that she was wearing at the time was snatched from her neck and the men fled through the back door.
The jewellery contained photos of loved family members.
Both robbers are white and thought to be in their early 20s. One was just over 5’ tall, while the other was taller and wore a hooded top with a scarf around his face.
The victim was not injured during the robbery.
Detectives are appealing to any witnesses who may have seen two men behaving suspiciously in the Hucknall area. They are also appealing to anyone who may know where the victim’s necklace is.
It was made up of two gold chains linked together and had a gold oval pendant attached, which has a swirl pattern on it.
Det Insp Hayley Williams, of Sutton CID, said: “This was a callous and despicable attack on an elderly woman in her own home.
“She must have been terrified at the sight of two complete strangers barging their way into her home — a place that should be a safe sanctuary for her.
“They snatched the necklace she was wearing from around her neck. This is of significant sentimental value to her and the pendant contains photographs of her husband and son.
“We are determined to find the heartless offenders who did this and I urge anyone who has information to come forward to help us hold them to account for what they did.”
Although attacks of this kind are rare, high-visibility police patrols have been increased in the area as a precaution.
Anyone with information should contact Hucknall CID on the police’s non-emergency number, 101 (extension 804 4733). Alternatively, call the free and confidential Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555111.