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Elderly victims left 'extremely distressed' after being robbed in their homes

Police are appealing for information after two robberies at the homes of elderly people in West Bromwich. Photo: PA

Police have launched an investigation after two elderly people were robbed and threatened in their own homes in West Bromwich.

Officers say the first incident happened on Monday 8 October in Wilford Road, West Bromwich just before 8pm. A man is said to have pushed his way into the home of a 77-year-old man before threatening the victim with a knife and demanding cash.

The victim and his wife had opened their door when they heard a knock as they believed it to be a delivery they had been expecting. The 77-year-old man handed over around £90 in cash.

The second incident is said to have taken place just two days later on Wednesday 10 October at around 7:30pm, in nearby David Harman Drive in the Charlemont Farm area of West Bromwich.

It's reported that an 80-year-old woman was walking back home when a man who claimed that he had been robbed appeared at her door as she was opening it. The man asked to use a phone and once inside the victim's home, he is said to have forced the elderly woman to lie on her bed while he searched her house. Police say he took off with sentimental items and money.

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Police believe that the suspect is responsible for both robberies. He is described as white, around 5ft 5ins to 5ft 8ins tall, of fat or stocky build with a black country accent. In the second incident the victim described him as wearing a black jacket with elasticated cuffs, black trousers and trainers. He had short brown or blonde hair and red cheeks.

Officers are now appealing for anyone with any information to come forward. Reassurance patrols are also being stepped up in the area.

DC James Finnegan, from Force CID, said:

These are truly horrendous crimes committed by a dangerous person who has preyed on vulnerable people and left them extremely distressed.

He’s threatened elderly people in their own homes which should be a place of safety, this is a despicable act.

He is fairly distinctive in his looks and will be known by local members of the community.

We are determined to find this man and I would urge anybody who can assist our enquiries to get in touch as soon as possible.

– DC James Finnegan, West Midlands Police