Crooks stole purse and iPhone from woman, 84, as she lay dying in bed

Heartless crooks stole purse and iPhone from woman, 84, as she lay dying in bed after they lied to her blind husband, 87, that they were calling an ambulance

  • Dorothy Crowther suffered an aneurysm inside her home in Brierfield last Friday
  • Her husband Ronald had thought a couple were helping when they stole money
  • Suspects captured on CCTV and Lancashire Police have launched investigation

Two heartless crooks stole a purse and an iPhone from a pensioner as she lay dying in bed after telling her blind husband that they were calling an ambulance.

Ronald Crowther, 87, thought the pair were helping after his wife Dorothy, 84, suffered an aneurysm inside their home in Brierfield near Burnley last Friday.

However, the couple reportedly sneaked inside the house and stole cash and an iPhone rather than calling paramedics as Mr Crowther remained at his wife’s bedside. 

Mrs Crowther later died in bed after the couple fled the street at around 3am.   

The suspects were captured outside the house on CCTV which has since been released by the couple’s daughter Janet Crowther-Hindley.

Pictured: Ronald Crowther and his wife Dorothy, who died in her home after suffering an aneurysm last Friday

Their daughter claimed a man and woman (pictured) sneaked into the house and stole cash and an iPhone rather than calling paramedics as Mr Crowther remained at his wife’s bedside

She posted the footage – which shows a man and a woman – to Facebook, writing:  ‘On Friday, October 16 at around 3am my father, who is blind, was trying to get help to call an ambulance for my mother who was dying.

‘These two in the image – a man with dark hair and a woman with a ponytail – claimed to be helping by calling an ambulance.

‘However they then entered my parents’ home and stole my mother’s iPhone and purse, before leaving and wiping fingerprints from the door handle.

‘We as a family are trying to deal with the loss of my mother and the added stress and worry of knowing people like these two are still out and about is utterly heartbreaking.’ 

Lancashire Police has launched an investigation into the incident.

Mrs Crowther later died in bed after the culprits fled the street at around 3am on Friday

The suspects were captured outside the house on CCTV which has since been released by the couple’s daughter Janet Crowther-Hindley (left)

Footage shows Mr Crowther banging on doors in an attempt to get the attention of his neighbours after his wife of 60 years suffered the aneurysm on October 16. 

After he heads home, a couple approach his door and speak to the man before disappearing inside the property. Shortly afterwards, the pair flee the scene. 

Another woman walks towards Mr Crowther’s property as the clip comes to an end. 

His daughter added: ‘We as a family are trying to deal with the loss of my mother and the added stress and worry of knowing people like these two are still out and about is utterly heartbreaking.

‘This is being dealt with by the police but if anyone knows who these vile people are please let us know.’ 

Mr Crowther’s son-in-law Steve said: ‘As he opened the door of the house to come out again the couple were stood there so he asked for their help to ring an ambulance.

‘The thieves took advantage of Ronald and Dorothy when they were in a time of real need.’   

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: ‘It has been reported and is under investigation.’     

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