Police in Pontypridd are appealing for information following the burglary of a house owned by a woman in her 80s at Llandraw Court, Maesycoed, Pontypridd.
Thousands of pounds were stolen from the address some time between 3.30pm on 23rd August and 11:30am on 24th August, 2013.
The woman’s family have confirmed how the money stolen was their elderly mother’s entire life savings, which in part was intended to avoid burdening the family with the cost of her funeral one day.
The house was unoccupied at the time of the burglary as the woman was in hospital.
South Wales Police is appealing for anyone who has information to come forward.
Detective Sergeant Nick Jenkins, said:
“A significant amount of money has been stolen and somebody somewhere knows something. We believe it is most likely that the person responsible is relatively local to the area.
“On behalf of the woman’s family, I would personally like to appeal for anyone who suspects they know who was responsible to do the right thing and come forward.
“That person has a difficult decision to make, but they should imagine this happening to their grandmother, mother or anybody who is dear to them to appreciate how important it is.
“The family are devastated. The victim wasn’t in the house at the time and the family have decided not to tell their mum what happened so she can focus on getting better. But there will come a time when they will have to break the news and it is set to devastate her”.
Anyone with information is urged to call the 101 number or if they prefer they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.