Detectives investigating a robbery of a 70-year-old woman in Spring Walk, Rotherham on Tuesday 5 of September, have charged two people.
Andrew Burns, 38, of St Leonards Lane, Rotherham was charged with aggravated burglary and Leanne Helm, 35 of St Leonards Lane, Rotherham was charged with handling stolen goods. They were both remanded into custody until their appearances at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court this morning (Monday 11 September).
Enquiries remain ongoing into the incident and anyone with information is asked to report it via 101 quoting incident number 810 of 5 September.
Thursday 7 September 11.30pm
Updated- Attempt robbery of woman in Kiveton, Rotherham
Detectives investigating an incident in which a 70-year-old woman was tied up and robbed have arrested a 49-year-old man in connection with the robbery.
At around 4.40pm on Tuesday 5 September, a man who had his face covered and was wearing dark clothing and gloves, entered the home of an elderly woman in Spring Walk, Rotherham.
The man then reportedly tied her up before leading her round the house, asking her where her jewellery was. He is then said to have tied her up so she couldn’t move, while he stole a large amount of jewellery, before leaving towards Nottingham Street on foot carrying a white pillow case.
A 49-year-old man was arrested last night (Wednesday 5 September) on suspicion of conspiracy to rob and currently remains in police custody at this time.
Officers are continuing their enquiries into the incident and anyone with information should call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 quoting incident number 810 of 5 September 2017.
Wednesday 6 September 2.20pm
Detectives have launched an investigation after an elderly woman was tied up and robbed in her own home.
A 70-year-old woman, living at a house in Spring Walk, Rotherham, is said to have been putting her bin out when a man, wearing dark clothing with his face covered, jumped over her garden gate and walked into the house, at around 4.40pm yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 5 September).
T/Detective Chief Inspector Steve Ashmore investigating, explains: “The man claimed he was being chased, needed help and on seeing the open door of the house, walked inside.
“Once inside he tied the woman up using some material, described as black and white, that he had been carrying with him.
“The man, who was also wearing gloves and is described as skinny, then subjected the woman to an extremely distressing ordeal, leading her around the house asking her where her jewellery was before tying her up.
“He stole a large amount of jewellery from the house, before leaving the area on foot, thought to have been heading towards Nottingham Street.
“He was using a white pillow case, taken from the woman’s house, to carry the items.
“Thankfully, the woman was able to untie herself soon after and phone police. She sustained minor injuries as a result of the incident. A thorough investigation is now underway to identify the suspect and this is being treated as an absolute priority for our team.
“Although we do believe this to be a targeted attack, I’d like to ask anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious to please get in touch with us.
“If you think you know who could be responsible or remember seeing someone acting suspiciously in the Spring Walk area yesterday, please contact us via 101 quoting incident number 810 of 5 September 2017.”
Information can also be passed to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.