An Exmouth pensioner had garden furniture stolen while she was in hospital, the police have said.
‘Stealing from the vulnerable is about as low as anyone can get’ – that is the message from the daughter of a hospitalised elderly woman who was targeted by thieves shortly before Christmas.
Exmouth police said the Brixington pensioner’s cast iron garden furniture was stolen from her sheltered accommodation in Churchill Roa, while the elderly woman was in hospital, between December 14 and 21.
The victim’s daughter this week hit out at the thieves, writing an open letter to the culprits who targeted her mother.
The letter said: “Here’s hoping you had a lovely Christmas and your New Year is equally as comfortable while you sit on my poorly old mum’s beautiful, six-month-old cast iron garden furniture, which you recently acquired from the private back garden of her warden-controlled council bungalow.
“She was blissfully unaware and for this fact we are truly grateful, as goodness knows what would have happened had she confronted you!
“I hope that you are able to live with your conscience as most like-minded people would agree that stealing from the vulnerable is about as low as one can get.”
Police are keen to trace the grey cast iron table, with ‘pretty’ mosaic tiled top, and two chairs.
If you can help, contact PCSO Ball on 101, quoting crime reference number KE/11/3310.
(Reproduced from the Exmouth Journal, 4th Jan 2012)
Gardien Comment: Metal items left outside are highly vulnerable at the moment so do whatever you can to protect them. See the advice at http://www.garden-security.co.uk/outdoor-items-security.aspx