A pensioner was left feeling ‘physically sick’ after losing £150 when a thief broke into her home while she was outside taking part in Clap for Carers. Janet Crimmins, 73, stepped outside to join neighbours in Caerphilly, South Wales, in the weekly salute to the nation’s key workers when a burglar crept in through the back door and rifled through her purse. She never usually keeps money in the house, but says she needed the cash to give to people collecting food and other essentials for her. Neighbours have since rallied round Janet to make sure she doesn’t go without, while Gwent Police have appealed for any witnesses to the alleged theft.
Janet said of the incident: ‘On Thursday evening a group of neighbours went to our front doors to clap for the key workers and I came in after around 20 minutes and locked my doors. ‘My purse was still where I left it. In the morning I picked it up and noticed all the cash had gone. I put it down in a daze and picked it back up again. ‘In our community we are very close-knit and you wouldn’t expect this. I feel physically sick. ‘I normally keep my doors locked and don’t normally keep so much cash, but I had £150 there in case I needed to pay for supplies.’ She added: ‘The support has just been overwhelming. I have done a lot in my community and people are repaying that to me with kindness.’
A police spokeswoman said: ‘We received a report of a theft at an address in Caerphilly after £150 was reported missing from the purse of the property owner. ‘The incident is believed to have taken place at around 8.15pm on Thursday April 16. ‘We are appealing for any witnesses or any individuals who may have CCTV footage, dashcam footage from a vehicle on the street or information about this incident to contact Gwent Police.’