OAPs’ jewels stolen by duo

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AN ELDERLY couple had jewellery stolen from their South Yorkshire home while they confronted a stranger in their garden.

The man, aged 97, and woman, 86, went outside to ask a man what he was doing in their garden on Cortworth Lane, Wentworth, Rotherham.

When they went inside their home later in the day they found their bedroom had been ransacked and jewellery taken.

Among the items taken from their home was a 100-year-old gold watch, a pewter coloured cross broach and two RNLI badges - one gold and one silver.

Neighbours told police they saw a vehicle parked outside the elderly couple’s home, which they described as an old style silver or champagne coloured car with a white man behind the wheel.

He was in his early 20s and thin.

A passenger in the front seat was described as an Asian man in his early 20s.

Detectives investigating the incident are trying to trace the car and want to hear from anyone with information about the burglary.

They believe the OAPs were deliberately distracted in their garden while an accomplice sneaked into their home to steal valuables.

The burglary happened on Monday, June 27, four days after another elderly couple in Rotherham were burgled while they were in bed.

The husband and wife woke up in their home in Nether Haugh, near Wentworth, at 1am on Thursday, June 23, to find two masked raiders demanding valuables.

The offenders, one of whom was armed, then tied up the terrified couple before ransacking their home and fleeing with hundreds of pounds and jewellery.

A man in his 30s and woman in his 20s have been arrested over the raid in Nether Haugh and released on bail.

Detectives are not linking the two break-ins.

n Witnesses or anyone with information about the incident on Monday, June 27, should call PC Lisa Lockwood at South Yorkshire Police on 0114 220 2020 and quote reference 211 of June 28.

Crimestoppers can also be contacted on 0800 555111.