Coventry & Warwickshire

Thief's voice captured during Whitnash burglary

CCTV image
Image caption The man was wearing a balaclava, a blue hoody and a white scarf

A knife-wielding thief has left an unusual clue in Warwickshire - a recording of his voice captured by his elderly victim's security alarm.

He broke into the home of a 96-year-old woman in Whitnash, Leamington Spa, at 20:00 GMT on Friday 16 December.

Detectives hope someone will be able to identify the offender from the audio clip, his description, and a CCTV image of him fleeing the scene.

The burglar is thought to be white and aged in his late teens or early 20s.

Captured on a Lifeline system - a personal security device - he told the woman he did not want to hurt her and ordered her to "put the phone down".

The thief, who was wearing a balaclava, asked for money, but left as soon as he realised the Lifeline device had been activated.

Officers have also published a grainy CCTV image of a figure, believed to be the offender.

Det Sgt Andy Smith said the young man was described as wearing a blue hoody and a white scarf during the offence, which left the pensioner shaken but unharmed.

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