A reward of up to £2000 is being offered by the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers for information on a theft from two elderly, housebound Edinburgh sisters.
A five figure sum was stolen from their home of the 93 and 88 year olds’ in the west of the city between July 19 and August 17 this year.
Both require continued living assistance and are supported by a number of care workers, medical professionals and close friends.
Crimestoppers’ Scotland Chairman, Alan Gall said: “This is a particularly despicable crime where the culprit has chosen to prey on the vulnerabilities of two elderly members of our community. One of the sisters has not even been made aware of the theft as it is believed she would react very badly to the news and that this may be detrimental to her health.”
Detective Sergeant Neil Spowart who is leading the investigation commented: “It is hard to believe that anyone would even think of committing such a crime against such vulnerable victims.
“Clearly those responsible have targeted these women, as they know can offer no resistance.
“This would indicate some knowledge of the victims’ health and care provision and I would urge anyone who has information as to who may have committed this opportunistic offence to call Crimestoppers.
“I am sure that someone, somewhere, will be aware of a friend or family member having, during the time stated, come into possession of a large sum of money and would appeal to get in touch with Crimestoppers regarding their suspicions.”
Crimestoppers is offering the reward of up to £2,000 for information passed to the charity, which leads to an arrest and conviction for those responsible for this crime. Anyone wishing to come forward with information can contact 0800 555 111.