Home raid branded a ‘despicable crime’

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AN ELDERLY woman was left traumatised when burglars ransacked her home in front of her.

Two men called at the victim’s home in Nettleton Road, Caistor, at around 4.30pm last Thursday, July 21 claiming to be looking for a cat.

When the 87-year-old woman challenged the two men, they forced her to sit in her kitchen while they raided her home, causing a significant amount of damage and mess.

The men took the woman’s handbag, which was later recovered by the side of the road, in Middle Rasen.

The offenders also took a plastic jug, which contained loose change.

Local officers described the incident as a “despicable crime”.

A Lincolnshire Police spokesman said: “The incident has clearly caused great distress to an elderly lady.

“She is still traumatised by what happened, but luckily she was not physically injured. “

It is believed the two offenders may have been using a dark-coloured car.

The car was parked at the top entrance to Rawlinson Avenue, nearest to Redhills Close and the primary school.

It is thought the men drove the car in the direction of Caistor town centre after the incident.

Both were described as white males, 30 to 40 years old, with a slim to medium build and dark hair.

One of the men had stubble or beard.

One person was arrested in connection with the incident but has since been released.

Police are appealing for anyone with information about the incident to call them on 0300 111 0300.

Alternatively, call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.