Grandmother determined to catch robber who tied her up in her own home

A grandmother who was tied up and robbed in her own home says she is determined to catch the man responsible to ensure he cannot do it to anyone else.

Debbie Sanderson answered the door of her home in Nottingham to a man who said he had an envelope for her husband, before barging his way into the house.

He then dragged her into the living room, tied her wrists together and told her he had a knife.

I thought it was a joke until he held the dog by the throat and threatened to kill the dog, then I realised it was serious and was thinking all the time, 'how am I going to get out of this?'

Debbie Sanderson

The man took the 59-year-old through her home, asking her to open drawers and cupboards.

When his back was turned, Ms Sanderson managed to untie herself and run to her neighbours, who called the police.

Ms Sanderson was left shaken but was unhurt in the robbery.

She says she wants to ensure the offender doesn't get an opportunity to do it again.

Although I am scared, he's not going to make me a prisoner in my own home. I want him caught because I don't want him to get confident and think, 'I could do this again.' I don't want him doing it to anyone else.

Debbie Sanderson
  • CCTV shows grandmother fleeing home after being robbed

A man was seen approaching the house - and later leaving, holding one of Ms Sanderson's dogs - on CCTV.

The culprit stole several items of jewellery, which Ms Sanderson values at £3,000, as well as £50 in cash.

Police want to hear from anyone who recognises him or knows anything about the incident on Tuesday 23 October that could help them.

The offender is white, believed to be in his 40s and is about 5ft 5ins tall. He is of large build and had a shaved or bald head. He was wearing a dark North Face zip-up jacket without a hood, dark trousers and dark trainers. If you recognise the man pictured or think you can help, please call Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 398 of 23 October 2018, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Nottinghamshire Police