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Man used toddler as distraction to rob partially sighted pensioner

Man used toddler as distraction to rob partially sighted pensioner

Two men - one carrying a toddler - barged into the home of a partially sighted 90-year-old woman and stole a purse, police said.

West Midlands Police said the thieves, who are believed to be in their 40s and spoke with Irish accents, left the victim badly shaken up and added the theft was "truly despicable".

The pair rang the doorbell of the woman's property in Loynells Road, Rubery, on Tuesday night and forced their way past the victim.

Officers said the woman initially believed the pair were family members, but screamed when she realised the men were rummaging through her property.

The pair then made off with the purse containing a £5 note and loose change, officers said.

Both men are said to be white, around 5ft 9ins tall and of slim build. One was carrying a child, thought to be around 18 months old and wearing a purple print puffa jacket.

Investigating officer Sergeant Dave Bebb said: "The woman was not hurt, but was very badly shaken up and left in tears from the experience.

"It's difficult to imagine how anyone could stoop so low as to target a defenceless old woman - and also while carrying a small child who we suspect was being used as a potential distraction technique. It's truly despicable.

"People will know who is responsible for this awful burglary... they do not deserve protecting.

"We need to catch these men quickly before any other elderly resident suffers at their hands."

Anyone with information is asked to call West Midlands Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.