Crooks steal from man while he visited dying partner

Deepdale Drive in Rainhill, where thieves targeted the grief-stricken victim.
Deepdale Drive in Rainhill, where thieves targeted the grief-stricken victim.

Heartless burglars targeted a St Helens pensioner’s home while he was visiting his terminally ill partner during her last days.

Police say crooks targeted a house on Deepdale Drive, Rainhill, some time between the evening of Wednesday, October 16, and the following morning, while the victim, 69, was caring for his long-term partner at Willowbrook Hospice.

They smashed a conservatory door and stole jewellery, a Links London charm bracelet and earrings, and two digital cameras - a grey/silver Toshiba PDR M65/M61 and a black Samsung NX11 - which both contained numerous recent photos of the couple.

The victim’s son, who did not want to be named, branded the burglars “scumbags” and told how his dad was now utterly inconsolable.

He said: “This has totally devastated both my family and my dad’s partner’s family. He was undergoing cancer treatment himself at the time while also spending as much time as possible at his partner’s bedside.

“When I went into the house and saw the mess the first thing I thought was ‘dad doesn’t need this’. They stole his partner’s old wedding ring and engagement ring but it’s the cameras that my dad wants back the most. He’s not a computer person and kept all the pictures of them together saved on the cameras.

“I just hope the police catch the culprits and stop them doing this to anyone else.”

The victim’s house has since been forensically examined by the police and CCTV from the area is being reviewed.

DC Rachael Clayton, of St Helens CID, said: “These cameras and the photos on them are of real sentimental value to the victim. Sadly his partner passed away on Monday, October 21, and the pictures are the last ones taken of the couple when they were both well.

“The victim has only recently recovered from cancer himself and is understandably devastated that precious memories of the final happy times shared by him and his partner have been taken.

“He’s now desperate for their safe return and we are determined to bring those responsible for this crime to justice.

“I’d ask anyone who knows where the cameras are, may have been offered them for sale or has any other information to call St Helens CID on 0151 777 6829.

or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”