DETECTIVES are urging the public to help trace a man after an elderly woman was left with horrific injuries when she was robbed in her home.
An investigation has been launched including specialist police teams to catch the “brutal and heartless” attacker.
The 87-year-old great-grandma had to crawl to a neighbour for help after the attack on Monday morning (29 January) when the raider disconnected her phone line.
She didn’t initially hear the man break into her home – located just off Hillcrest Road in Wylde Green – at around 6.30am.
But the offender – who spoke with a local accent – forced her out of bed and took her around the house demanding money. He rifled through drawers stealing jewellery and other precious items.
A commemorative coin from Sierra Leone was taken and police are asking the public to keep a look out for the unusual item. If anyone has seen it or is offered this item for sale please contact the investigation team immediately.
DC Laura Halpin, who is leading the investigation, said: “This was a brutal and heartless attack on this lady and we are absolutely determined to catch the person responsible.
“Our teams are carrying out extensive house to house, reviewing CCTV in the local area and conducting foot patrols. Forensics and other specialist teams have been gathering evidence from the address too,
but we need the local community to get on board; share our appeal and contact us with information.”
The man is described as white, around 5ft 8ins tall, aged between 18 and 25 and slim. He was wearing dark clothing and baseball hat with an orange rim.
DC Halpin added: “I’d urge people who may know who is responsible to look at the injuries of this lady and do the right thing – get in touch with us. Any information you have, no matter how small or insignificant you think it is could be vital to our investigation.”
Anyone with information is asked to call West Midlands Police on 101 quoting crime number 20BE/22740V/18. Alternatively Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.