Man snatched cash from elderly couple, aged 92 and 86, in Rotherham home

A police probe is underway into the theft of cash from an elderly couple in Rotherham
A police probe is underway into the theft of cash from an elderly couple in Rotherham

A man is wanted by South Yorkshire Police over the theft of cash from an elderly Rotherham couple in their own home.

The 92-year-old man and his 86-year-old wife, who has Alzheimers, were confronted by a man who walked into their North Anston home and demanded cash for roofing repairs he claimed needed to be carried out.

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He snatched £100 from the elderly man's wallet and fled.

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CCTV footage of the incident, captured on a camera in the pensioners' home on Friday, February 2, has been shared by relatives on Facebook and a name for a suspect has been provided to South Yorkshire Police.

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The family has expressed disappointment at the way they feel the case has been handled by the police.

One relative said the CCTV footage was not initially released on social media at the request of the police but after waiting for an update from the force for over five weeks, they published the recording of the incident and within 15 minutes had received the name of a suspect.

He said the family was inundated with messages suggesting the identity of the crook and the details have since been handed over to detectives.

The relative added: "We took the decision to release the CCTV after not hearing anything back in terms of an update from the police for over five weeks after first reporting the incident.

"We have emailed the police officer dealing with the case and provided the name we have been given.

"We understand that the police do have a lot of demands on them these days but this has left a lot of people feeling unsafe in their own homes so the sooner the man is caught the better.

"The targeting of vulnerable members of the community needs to be treated more seriously."