CALLOUS thieves broke into a pensioner’s home while he was visiting his sick wife in hospital and stole his life savings.
Raiders made off with a five-figure sum from the 78-year-old’s home, say police.
The burglary happened between 1.30pm and 7.30pm on Thursday at a house in Milton Avenue, in Blackhall.
Officers say the pensioner was out of the address visiting his ill wife in hospital when the burglary occurred.
A police spokesman said: “The offenders forced entry to the house and made off with the owner’s life savings, a five-figure sum of cash.”
Police are appealing for any information or witnesses in relation to this incident.
Anyone with any information should contact the crime team at Peterlee on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.