Teenagers arrested following burglary that led to pensioner dying of 'broken heart syndrome'

Betty Munroe was diagnosed with Takotsubo Syndrome, or "broken heart syndrome" Credit: Northamptonshire Police

Two teenagers have been arrested in connection with nine burglaries across Northamptonshire. This includes the burglary of 93-year-old Betty Munroe. She died from "broken heart syndrome" after her home was ransacked.

Betty Munroe was pronounced dead on 21 August after three men forced their way into her Northampton home on 11 June.

The burglars stole all of her jewellery. Also, they took her late husband's watch, her purse, bank cards, and a gold chain from around her neck.

They told Ms Munroe that they were police officers, before entering her home on Kettering Road North.

Police said her health deteriorated quickly after the incident and she was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. She was taken to hospital and eventually diagnosed with Takotsubo Syndrome, also known as broken heart syndrome.

A 19-year-old and 14-year-old have both been released under investigation after they were arrested for the burglary of Ms Monroe, and eight other thefts.