Thieves ransack home of terminally-ill woman
Monday, 28th February, 2011
Police want the public to help them catch those responsible for ransacking a terminally-ill woman's home while she was in hospital, stealing a large amount of cash and her last will and testament.
A solid gold ornament, opals and the Brazil Street home's property deeds were also stolen after thieves made off with a safe which was bolted to the floor, police said.
The robbery happened sometime between 8.15pm Friday and 12.30am Saturday while the woman's elderly partner was visiting her at the hospital.
When the man returned to their home he noticed the front gate was open as was a window at the front of the house.
Police said anyone who saw anything unusual around that time in Brazil Street, or in Beryl, Wolfram, Bagot or Bathurst streets, should contact local police on 8087 0299 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Meanwhile a house in Patton Street was also ransacked on Friday, police said.
A Nintendo Wii computer game and 23 cartons of cigarettes were taken in the robbery, which occurred sometime between 7.30am and 9pm while a 63-year-old man was at work.
The thief entered through a kitchen window and the house was totally ransacked, police said.
A 14-year-old Wilcannia boy was arrested for entering a dwelling three days after being bailed on similar offences, police said.
The boy entered a Wilcannia motel, which was unlocked and unattended, rummaged through items on the front desk before stealing a locked money box containing a small to medium amount of cash, police said.
A shopkeeper noticed a boy with some cash and alerted police who questioned the boy who then made "certain admissions."
The boy was transferred to the Broken Hill Police Station and will face court soon.