WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A 93-year-old widow tragically died after a robbery caused her health to rapidly deteriorate.
- The robbers stole items worth thousands of dollars, along with her late husband’s prized possession.
- She suffered from PTSD and was later diagnosed with broken heart syndrome, which she ultimately succumbed to on Wednesday.
A robbery brought upon a 93-year-old widow’s tragic death when her late husband’s prized possession was counted among the stolen goods.
Betty Munroe’s health rapidly deteriorated after the robbery, which happened on June 11. Around 11 p.m., three men broke into her Northampton, England, home using garden shears. According to the Northamptonshire Police Department, the robbers told the elderly victim that they were police officers.
The robbers stole items worth thousands of dollars: Munroe’s jewelry, purse, and bank cards. They also took her late husband’s watch and the gold chain around her neck before fleeing the scene.
Shortly after, Munroe was diagnosed with PTSD. She had trouble sleeping and suffered from uncontrollable shaking fits and repeated nightmares.
She was later diagnosed with takotsubo syndrome — more commonly known as broken heart syndrome.
Harvard Medical School describes the disease as a weakening of the left ventricle, which is the heart’s main pumping chamber. It is often caused by severe physical or emotional stress, such as the loss of a loved one, a serious accident, or a sudden illness.
Munroe ultimately succumbed to the condition on Wednesday, as reported by the Mirror.
Munroe’s relatives were “distressed” by the circumstances surrounding her death.
Her family members shared, “Before the burglary, she was happy and living independently in her home of 56 years. 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.”
They continued, “All the generations of our family who owe her so much are bereft at her death.”
Detective Inspector Simon Barnes of the Northampton Criminal Investigation Department found the case heartbreaking.
Barnes said, “Betty was in good health before this incident but she deteriorated very quickly after it and sadly died in her care home this week, surrounded by her family. 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.”
Here’s the police department’s full statement as shared on their Facebook page:
Anyone with information on the burglary can contact authorities or submit an anonymous tip to Crimestoppers online.