Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Car accident victim’s property stolen in burglary

Police are appealing for information after the belongings of a man who is recovering from a coma in hospital were stolen during a burglary in Lancaster.

Sometime overnight on Friday 3rd June, somebody broke into a first floor flat on Hala Road and ransacked the premises. At the time, the 34-year-old owner of the property was staying with her 19-year-old son in hospital after he had recently woken from a  coma following a near fatal road traffic collision.

A chain similar to the on stolen
The offender or offenders stole a computer games console as well as several games. A number of items of jewellery belonging to the teenager were also taken.

Of particular note was a valuable, 26 inch, thick, gold chain, with oval and round links, with a pattern on alternate links.

DC Paul Donnelly said: “This is a dreadful crime, made all the more despicable given the circumstances surrounding it.

“I would appeal to anybody who may have noticed anything suspicious on the evening in question to contact police.

“I would also like to speak with anybody who may have any information that may lead to the recovery of the property.”

The 19 year old was involved in a collision on Ashton Road, Lancaster in April and suffered serious head and back injuries. He was initially taken to Royal Lancaster Infirmary before being transferred to Royal Preston Hospital where he remained in a coma for a time. He has since regained consciousness and is now talking, but is said to have life changing injures.

• Anybody with any information is asked to contact police on 01524 63333 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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