The family of the 75-year-old victim are offering a ‘substantial’ reward to anyone who can give information which will lead to the arrest and conviction of those involved in the the crime.
The man’s home in Carnegie Street was broken into sometime overnight last Thursday to Friday and cash, jewellery and watches, worth six figures in total, were taken.
Detective Constable Lee Moscrop, of Dumfries CID, said: “The householder is heartbroken at what’s happened. Not only have his life savings been stolen, jewellery which is of tremendous sentimental value to him and his family has also been taken.
“Whether or not the thief or thieves knew what they were looking for, or whether this was an opportunist who broke in, has still to be established, but I would ask anyone who may have seen someone or a couple of people they didn’t recognise hanging about the street near to or at the house in the past few days to contact police. Or maybe you saw, for example, a car in the area that you did not recognise? If you did then please contact police.”
Officers are checking CCTV and making local enquiries in an effort to trace those responsible.
DC Moscrop added: “Some of the cash taken was in £100 notes. To the everyday person on the street, these are rarely seen, so if you are a business dealing in currency and someone comes in using notes of that value, and if you have any suspicions about them, please get in touch.”
Anyone with information can contact police in Dumfries via 101, quoting incident number 2245/09/09/17. Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111 and details can be given in confidence.
DC Moscrop said: “This reward is for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for this sickening crime.”