Detectives investigating a raid which left a Rotherham pensioner fighting for life have issued an image of a safe similar to one missing from the OAP’s home.
Tommy Ward, aged 80, had his life savings - £30,000 - in the safe when it was stolen from his home in Salisbury Road, Maltby.
He was found collapsed and covered in bruises on Thursday, October 1 and has not yet regained consciousness.
The former solider has suffered a fractured skull, broken ribs and shattered jaw.
Kind-hearted well wishers have so far donated over £10,000 to help get Tommy ‘back on his feet’.
Detective Inspector Richard Partridge, who is overseeing the investigation, said: “We have issued several appeals for information already on this nasty attack and I’d like to thank the public and local community for their support so far.
“However, we are yet to locate the safe that we believe was taken from the man’s home when he was assaulted.
“We issued a brief description of the item we’re looking for earlier this week and now we’re issuing an image taken from a website of a safe that is similar to the one we believe was in the house in case this helps jog someone’s memory.”
The safe is light grey, has a key lock, is around 40cm x 30cm x 18cm and is big enough to accommodate A4 documents, weighing around 7kg.
DI Partridge added: “This elderly man remains very unwell in hospital and has not yet regained consciousness, so it is vital we piece together what might have taken place before he was found injured at his home.
“I’d urge everyone living in the local area to cast their minds back to last week – Salisbury Road is often quite busy, with buses and cars passing through – and consider whether there was anything out of the ordinary or anything suspicious.
“If you can recall any small detail, it might help us with our enquiries and I’d urge you to get in touch.
“Similarly, please look closely at the image of the safe – if you have seen anything that looks similar to this, in the Maltby area or across Rotherham, we’d like to hear from you.”
Two 19-year-old man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and burglary are on bail pending further inquiries.
Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101.