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Burglar stole TV from terminally-ill pensioner

February 19, 2013, 1:36 pm

A cold-hearted thief crept into the house of a terminally-ill pensioner before stealing his 43-inch television and heaving it off down the road.

Shadowy CCTV images show the burglar struggling to carry the hefty Samsung plasma TV − which hed wrapped in a blanket − in Wednesfields Wootton Avenue moments after hed wrestled it from the home of a cancer sufferer.

Police understand the 67-year-old victim had left his front door unlocked to allow his carer early morning access − but instead a callous thief took advantage and sneaked inside.

The theft occurred between 7am and 7.15am on Tuesday 5 February − and detectives are urging anyone with information or suspicions about the burglar to make contact.

Investigating officer, PC Stuart McNeil, said: “The victim was asleep upstairs when he was awoken by a noise outside…he looked through his bedroom window to see a man walking down the road with a large covered item.

“Only around an hour later did he call police on realising his television was missing.

“The offender is seen on CCTV as he carries the TV along Wootton Avenue and into Ridge Lane. Were sure several people, maybe commuters, would have driven past the man and there is also a bus stop along the route he walked. Its likely he would have taken it to a local address or loaded it into a car

“He was clearly struggling to carry the TV and would have been fairly conspicuous; if anyone remembers seeing him then Id urge them to contact police. Also, if anyone knows someone whos recently come across a Samsung 43-inch plasma TV, one without any packaging, then Id ask them to call us.”

The offender is described as being a white man believed to be in his 20s, around 5ft 8ins tall, of medium or stocky build, clean shaven and with short dark hair; he was wearing a grey hooded top and a navy blue puffer jacket.

One man has been arrested by investigating officers in connection with the break-in but was later released without charge.

Anyone with information is urged to call Wolverhampton CID on the 101 police number or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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