Renewed appeal after elderly ladies were terrorised in Southend burglary

Detectives investigating an aggravated burglary in Southend in July are continuing to appeal for information to find those responsible.

Around 8.30pm on Saturday 20 July, two men dressed in motorcycle suits and helmets forced their way into an address on St. Augustine’s Avenue and struck two women in their 70s, who were inside the property at the time, with what has been described as a small black handgun.

The men stole a number of items which included a handbag and several pieces of jewellery.

“This was a distressing and traumatic attack which targeted vulnerable members of our community” said Detective Constable Lucy Bowman, who is investigating the crime.

“Among the items stolen were two quite distinctive items; a 1967 silver Hebrew bible with stones of Eilat on the cover and a unique gold Cartier Star of David on a snake-style chain.

“These are very unusual items which had huge sentimental value to the owner and we are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen them for sale.”

DC Bowman added: “We are still like to hear from anyone who can help us identify these two individuals.

“It was particularly warm in July and it would have seemed out of place to see two people dressed in full biking gear at that time.”

Anyone with information are asked to contact Southend CID on 101 or independent charity Crimestoppers completely anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting crime reference 42/115673/19.

Mick Ferris

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