A brave pensioner was dragged across the floor and left with a broken knee and shoulder when heartless robbers stole rare jewellery from her bag.
The 75-year-old woman was approached by two white men, wearing balaclavas, near to her home in Darlaston at around 10.30am on Saturday.
The men attempted to snatch the woman’s bag by pushing her to the floor, but she refused to let go and was dragged across the ground before the men managed to escape with her bag in a small silver car.
The robbery left the elderly victim with a broken kneecap and a fractured shoulder. She is currently recovering from her injuries.
Inside the stolen bag was a large quantity of cash, and valuable jewellery including two diamond rings, one of which was from exclusive jewellers, Tiffany and Co.
Det Con. Debbie Dace from Bloxwich CID is investigating the robbery. She said: “This was a particularly violent attack on a lone, elderly woman in broad daylight.
“We feel that the men specifically targeted their victim, and may have been watching her movements prior to the robbery.
“Due to the nature of the jewellery taken we were initially hopeful that they may be recovered, however to date they have not been located and we are appealing for help from the public to try and find these rings and return them to their rightful owner.
“One of the rings was never available in the UK and so is fairly rare, and both were very valuable, as well as being of sentimental value to the lady.
“We urge anyone who has seen such items for sale, or may have been offered them, to get in contact with us at Bloxwich police station.”
The first ring, which was only available in America and is no longer in production, was a Tiffany and Co platinum band with a diamond in a yellow gold setting from the True Love Collection by Paloma Picasso. It was set with one round brilliant-cut diamond weighing 0.70 carat (F) colour and VS clarity. Ring size 6.5.
The second is a yellow gold cluster diamond ring.
Anyone with information to assist the police investigation is urged to contact Bloxwich CID on 0845 113 5000.