POLICE are appealing for information after two men broke in to an elderly man’s house in Wigan and stole £16,000 in cash as well as items of jewellery whilst the man was inside.
At around 5pm on Thursday, (November 20), two men managed to force their way into an address on Fordyce Way, Higher Ince, Wigan.
Upon gaining entry to the house, one of the offenders distracted the 78-year-old man whilst his partner in crime searched other parts of the property for valuables before they left.
They managed to get away with £16,000 in cash as well as jewellery items including wedding rings, a ruby ring, cross and chain and an engagement ring.
The offender who managed to distract the victim is described as a 5ft 6in tall white man in his 30’s and of slim build with a thin face. He had dark hair and stubble and spoke with a local accent.
Police are now asking for anybody with information to come forward.
PC Sean Robinson said: “This is a despicable crime that will send out shock waves across the community.
“To target the elderly in this way is disgusting. I would urge anybody with information about this to please contact the police.”
Anyone with information can contact the Greater Manchester Police on 101, or call Crime-stoppers on 0800 555 111.