“On top of that she’s only just started to readjust to life without her husband and trying to start feeling safe within her own home again. So as a part of that it’s had a massive rippling affect with the family, with the victim’s mental health and feeling safe within your own home – that’s what it comes down to.”
The men stole the woman’s purse and handbag, which contained credit cards, a small amount of cash, as well as some cards belonging to her late husband.
“They were definitely sentimental to the victim herself, because she holds onto them every
day in her purse,” Senior Constable Jacobs said.
“These offenders, they had the opportunity. They’ve come through, they’ve ransacked the
other rooms, they’ve come through and seen firsthand that there’s a woman sleeping in her bed
and they’ve chosen to wake that woman up and make demands for cash, for jewellery, and harm –
threats against her life – like who would do that?
“I haven’t been able to find any evidence that suggests that it’s a targeted attack.”
The men donned wigs and used the credit cards at several service stations in Roxburgh Park, Coolaroo, Broadmeadows, and Campbellfield to buy cigarettes and gift cards.
Police are now looking to the public for help in identifying the two men as well as a silver Mercedes Benz, SLK350 2006 model or similar, that was used at one of the service stations.
“We haven’t been able to identify these males as of yet so the public’s assistance is astronomical … at this point in time,” Senior Constable Jacobs said.
Investigators have also released images from CCTV footage of the two men seen at one of the service stations wearing the wigs.