'Tremendously brave' pensioner writes open letter to burglar

A pensioner from Cardiff has been praised for her 'tremendous bravery' after writing an open letter to whoever ransacked her home one day before she attended her grandson's funeral.

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Pensioner: I still feel safe as there's nothing left to take'

A Cardiff pensioner who was burgled one day before her grandson's funeral has written an open letter to the culprit, or culprits, responsible.

Dorothy Mayer's home in Fairwater was ransacked last Friday, with her jewellery, money and purse all stolen.

Bizarrely, one lightbulb in her home had been changed - police believe this could have been done so whoever was responsible could get a better look at Mrs Mayer's belongings.

Mrs Mayer says she hopes the burglars may have left clues and will be caught, adding that she still feels safe in her own home because there is nothing left for anyone to take.

Burglars 'changed light bulb to see better' say police

Police investigating the burglary of a pensioner's home in Cardiff say the culprit - or culprits - responsible changed a light bulb, possibly to allow them to see better.

"This elderly victim has been left devastated by what has happened.

Whoever was responsible mercilessly ransacked her home to look for something to steal.

The victim has shown tremendous bravery and we are appealing for information that will help us make an arrest.

People may have been offered a mobile phone, or they may have seen or found a purse discarded in the area.

We’d like to speak to anybody who may have noticed somebody acting suspiciously, especially along the footpath from midday until around 3.30pm on Friday afternoon.

– Detective Constable Geraint Higgins, South Wales Police


Pensioner's plea after home wrecked by burglars

A 79-year-old burglary victim has written an open letter to those responsible. Dorothy Iris Mayer, from Cardiff, had her home ransacked and jewellery stolen.

"Pity you didn’t wait one more day, you would have had the house to yourself and maybe left it as you found it, clean and tidy, not like a tip.

“You obviously went with your muddy boots straight to the bedrooms where you left muddy prints all over my cream carpets, even the goods you threw on the floor, you walked over without any concern.

“I do hope you made a mistake and are caught. If it is stealing to pay for drugs you need help before it kills you, I would like to suggest you are made to go cold turkey and clean up your way of life."

– Open letter by Mrs Mayer

Pensioner's open letter to burglars after home raided

Dorothy Iris Mayer's home was ransacked during the burglary Credit: South Wales Police

An elderly victim of a burglary in Cardiff has written an open letter to the person responsible.

Mrs Dorothy Iris Mayer, 79, returned home from a hospital appointment to her house in Fairwater on Friday, January 17, to find her front door locked from the inside.

She then discovered that her home had been ransacked by burglars who stole money, jewellery, a purse and a phone. A police investigation is continuing and detectives believe the culprit is local to the area.

The burglary happened the day before Mrs Mayer attended her grandson’s funeral.

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