18 November 2016
We are offering a reward of up to £5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the robbery of an elderly woman in Hamilton.
The robbery occurred around 7pm on Saturday 3 September 2016 at a property on Townhill Road, at the junction with Earncock Road, where an 87-year-old woman was assaulted and robbed in her own home.
After hearing a knock at the door, she answered to find a man standing in the doorway, who was unknown to her. He forced his way in before assaulting her and making off with a three-figure sum of money.
She was admitted to Hairmyres Hospital as a result of her injuries after a relative found her the following morning. She remained in hospital until she passed away on Friday 4 November 2016. At this time it is unknown if the victim’s death is connected to the robbery and a further enquiry is required.
Now, Crimestoppers is offering the reward of up to £5,000 for information passed to the charity that leads to the arrest and conviction of the man responsible for this robbery. Information given to the police will not qualify for the reward.
Angela Parker, Scotland Regional Manager for Crimestoppers, said:
“This was an awful ordeal that this poor woman went through and I cannot even begin to imagine the pain she suffered.
“This could have been your mother, your grandmother or someone you’re close to – imagine if they had gone through something like this. It’s a traumatic thought, which is why we have to bring the person responsible to justice.
“We understand it can be sometimes difficult to come forward in cases such as this, but we’d stress that anyone who contacts us, does so anonymously. We’ll never ask your details, and importantly, nobody will know you spoke to us.”
Anyone with information should contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through our Anonymous Online Form. Information passed to the police, as stated, will not qualify for a reward.