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Robbers break into elderly Jewish couple’s home and steal valuables while threatening them with hammer

By Mason White 3:12 PM June 15, 2014
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By: Aarav Sen
Several armed robbers broke into an elderly Jewish couple’s home and threatened them with a hammer, The Jewish Chronicle reported.

According to the initial police investigation, one of the suspects held the hammer over the heads of the couple, who are both about 65 years old, while the other suspects stole valuables. The incident unfolded on Wednesday at 4:00 a.m., in their home located in Manchester, United Kingdom.

The suspects told the woman that she would be hacked to death if she did not hand over her jewelry and credit cards. After gathering the valuables the thieves fled from the scene in a white car.

Rescue workers treated the husband for shock at the scene. Police launched an investigation, but so far, no arrests have been made.

Earlier this month, two women were arrested, charged and convicted of theft after being accused of breaking into a Jewish nursing home and stealing from the elderly, prosecutors in the United Kingdom said.

London Police said that the two women sneaked into the nursing home and stole cash and credit cards from vulnerable pensioners.

The two thieves were identified as Deborah Arthur, and Fortunata Paczkowska. The two managed to break into the Ajex House, also known as the Association of Jewish Ex-servicemen and Women, located in the Stamford Hill neighborhood.

Once inside, they spoke with several Jewish residents and tried to enter their apartments. A 79-year-old male resident let them into the apartment, and once inside they stole cash and credit cards.

Police said that the Shomrim Patrol of London, located the two suspects. The two pleaded guilty to theft.

They were sentenced at the Snaresbrook Crown Court. Arthur, 43, was sentenced to three and a half years in prison and Paczkowska, 30, was sentenced to five years in prison.