Two Fife OAPs threatened and robbed in their homes
Two pensioners in their 70s were the victims of shocking robberies in Fife yesterday.
An elderly man was assaulted and robbed in his home in Kirkcaldy and a 76-year-old woman was threatened with a knife at her house in Crossford.
The first incident happened around 5.40pm yesterday in the Kirkcaldy when a 74-year-old man was approached outside his house on Nicol Street.
Once inside the property the man was assaulted and items stolen.
The suspect is described as 30-40 years old, around 5’8″ tall, wearing light clothing and spoke with a local accent.
Enquiries have established that the victim had fallen in Kirkcaldy High Street near to its junction with Nicol Street shortly before this incident taking place and several people including the suspect were seen help him to his feet.
DCI John Anderson said, “Thankfully the man wasn’t injured during this incident, however we are obviously keen to identify the person responsible as soon as possible. If anyone recognises this description or was in the area of Nicol Street at that time and thinks they saw the victim or the suspect then they should contact us as soon as possible.
“We are particularly keen to speak with any person who helped the elderly man or who saw him in the area of Nicol Street at around 4.30pm on Friday afternoon.”
The second robbery took place in Crossford shortly after 11pm last night when the a 76-year-old woman was approached by a man with a knife outside her home on Lundin Road who forced her back into the property and then stole a number of personal items.
The suspect is described as around 5’8″, of medium build with a strong foreign accent.
DCI Anderson said, “Thankfully the woman was not injured during this incident but clearly this was very distressing for her.
“We would be keen to hear from anyone who saw persons acting suspiciously or any vehicles in the area of Lundin Road last night or in the days leading up to this incident.
“Whilst both these crimes were committed on the same day, we are not connecting these incidents at this time but are keeping an open mind.
“Police Scotland is committed to identifying both suspects as quickly as possible and members of the public may notice an increased police presence in both the Nicol Street area of Kirkcaldy and Crossford as we make every effort to bring the culprits to justice.”