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It was a dark night in Northampton, England when three men pretending to be police officers broke into Betty Munroe’s house with garden shears and ransacked the place stealing many of her precious items.
They took off with some of her most sentimental items like her husband’s watch, the gold chain on her neck, her purse, and her bank cards. All this happened on June 11th and she wasn’t physically harmed during the robbery but she ended up passing away a few days later.
According to officials, after the burglary, Betty’s health dramatically dropped. The doctors diagnosed her with “broken heart syndrome” due to the unfortunate situation and the detectives said it was one of their saddest cases.
“This is one of the saddest cases I have come across during my career and a stark reminder of how deeply a burglary can affect a victim,” Detective Inspector Simon Barnes said.
When police talked to her family, they said Betty was a very happy woman living independently on her own before the robbery happened. It was incredibly strange how her health deteriorated so quickly.
“The violent actions of these callous individuals robbed her not only of precious possessions, but of her sense of security and peace and the will to go on,” the family said in a statement. “All the generations of our family who owe her so much are bereft at her death.”