Police called for residents to lock themselves in their homes to make sure they don’t get burgled.
The police are investigating a particularly sad case where Two men burst into the home of an elderly couple in Stockport and stole ashes of a family member.
Detective Constable Marcus Ellaby from Stockport CID said: “These men have threatened an elderly and de fenceless man with a crow bar and stole personal possessions and money and he further commented ‘
“I would also ask people to ensure their doors and windows are locked, even if they are in the house, to help prevent a robbery like this.”
On Monday 9 July, a 77-year-old man was in the kitchen of his house on Church Street, Heaton Norris when the men came through an insecure back door.
One of them was holding a crow bar and held it above the victim’s head, telling him to stay where he was.
The second offender searched the house before he grabbed the elderly man and forced him upstairs, making threats.
Both searched his bedroom and stole jewellery, money and a pouch that contained ashes before running off.
The first man, who was holding the crow bar, is described as being white, 5ft 8in tall, of medium build, and wearing a ski mask with a baseball cap over the top. He wore a black tracksuit and trainers.
The second man is described as being white, wearing a black ski mask with black baseball cap, a tracksuit and trainers.
Detective Constable Marcus Ellaby from Stockport CID said: “These men have threatened an elderly and de fenceless man with a crow bar and stole personal possessions and money.
“The victim did not know whether he would come to any harm so gave into their demands. Thankfully, he was not hurt.
“It is likely they took the pouch not knowing what was inside and I would appeal directly to the offenders to return the ashes as the victim is desperate for their safe return.