Robber grabs elderly widow’s rings

2014-08-01 00:00

A HOME invader pointed to an elderly widow’s wedding rings and said, “There is my holiday”.

Elizabeth Boyd (77) was accosted by criminals in her home in Rosewood estate, a retirement village in the city, in the early hours of Wednesday.

She was robbed her of her belongings including her “most precious things” — her wedding rings, as well as a cellphone and laptop.

Pointing to her bruised ring finger covered with a plaster, she said she had bled when the robbers removed her rings by force.

“I am a widow, my rings were the most precious things to me. One pointed to my rings and said ‘there is my holiday’ … They forced them off,” she said.

She said the two broke in through a window and bent the burglar bars to get in.

“They made a helluva noise as they were breaking in, and when I tried to scream, one of them put his hand on my face,” she said.

For five minutes, the criminals rummaged through her house. She tried to reach out for her phone but they pushed her away from it.

Despite them, she managed to press her security button and guards arrived. The robbers then fled, jumping out of the same window they had entered through.

Boyd said she feared she may have been specifically targeted.

“They came through the fence and they passed six places and just went straight to mine.”

She said one of them had gone “straight” for her laptop.

A representative of the retirement home, who declined to be named, said this was the first time security had been breached at the complex. Additional security measures will be put in place following the incident.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said they are investigating and no arrests have been made.

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