A WAR hero has been left devastated after cruel thieves broke into his home and stole his World War II bravery medals.
The 90-year-old veteran’s collection included a Battle of Britain medal, Burma Star, Africa Star and several general service accolades plus some WW2 commemorative coins.
But all were taken during the burglary which took place at his Smiths Wood home overnight between 10pm on August 3 and the early hours of August 4.
The thieves also stole the pensioner’s bank card – later emptying his account of £180 – and his late wife’s wedding ring.
Investigating officer DC Ian Atherley from Solihull Police, said: “It’s a despicable crime by thieves who clearly have no conscience or respect for a veteran who bravely served his country for many years.
“During the burglary there can have been no doubt that they were stealing from an elderly man yet they not only took the medals but also sentimental jewellery and his pension.
“If anyone has information about the theft, perhaps they’ve seen someone showing off medals like this recently or trying to sell them, to contact me immediately.”
It’s believed the thief sneaked in through a window and after pocketing the items later used the bank card at a cash machine in Green Lane, Castle Bromwich.
One of the stolen medals – a Territorial Army medal – has the pensioner’s 2082884 service number engraved on the rim.
Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Ian Atherley at Solihull Police’s Investigation Team on 0345 113 5000 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.