Brazen burglars ransack grandfather’s home ‘while he lay DYING on the sofa’: Police hunt two men who ‘stole £2,000 cash, laptop and Christmas gifts’ from man, 55, with heart condition who was found dead by daughter the next day
- Mark Smith, 55, was found dead at his home in Grimsby hours after a burglary
- Thieves stole cash, tools, a frying pan and even some orange juice on Tuesday
- Police are investigating whether the burglary contributed to his tragic death
A daughter has been left distraught after burglars ransacked her father’s house while he lay dead or dying on the sofa.
Mark Smith, 55, tragically died on Tuesday in his house in Grimsby. At some point either before or after his death, it is believed two men entered the house and stole a number of personal items, including Christmas presents for his grandchildren.
Alongside this, they stole a large amount of money, his phone, work tools, a frying pan, orange juice and some cigarettes.
Humberside Police are now looking into the death as well as the burglary to determine what happened.
Daughter Katie said: ‘I saw him Monday evening and, although he was poorly, I never thought anything like this would happen.
‘He had the odd heart condition throughout his life, but never anything too bad. When the coroner rang his doctors to inform them of his passing, even they were shocked he’d died.
‘I went back to his house at 10am on Tuesday and found him dead on the sofa. The worst part was I had my children waiting outside in the car.
Mark Smith, 55, was found dead on Tuesday at his home in Grimsby just hours after burglars had ransacked his house, stealing cash, tools and even his frying pan
Humberside Police are investigating whether Mr Smith’s death at his home on Park Street, Grimsby was connected to the burglary
‘I would never have expected to walk into that and I made sure to keep the kids away as it’s really not a nice sight for them.
‘It was a complete shock when I first saw the scene, as soon as I found him though I phoned the paramedics.
‘However, things got worse when I started to look around, I noticed something wasn’t quite right.
‘His head had moved and his phone had disappeared. When I rang it, it wasn’t in his flat, the paramedics then asked me to look around to see if anything else was missing.
‘His laptop was no longer on the table, £2,000 had gone from an envelope, his new drill and circular saw had disappeared, my children’s Nintendo Switches weren’t there and some Christmas presents he’d bought for them had been taken too.
‘As well as these valuable items, they also took some random things like a frying pan from the kitchen, my dad’s cigarettes and some fresh orange juice out the fridge.’
Katie’s aunt, who lives across the road, said she saw two men leave the house in the early hours of the morning.
Katie explained: ‘My auntie said she saw two men leaving the house, one on a bike and another with what looked like my dad’s toolbox in their hand.’
Katie said the problem isn’t that her father’s stuff has been taken, but that they didn’t think to call for help if they’d known her father had passed away or was dying.
She said: ‘At the minute, we’ve got so many questions going around our heads. If I’d have gone to his earlier that day, as planned, could I have stopped all this?
‘We’re not bothered about retrieving the stuff, it’s more the principle than anything else now.
‘My biggest fear is for others. If they’re capable of doing all this when someone is possibly dead, what are they capable of doing when someone is alive?
Humberside Police have been contacted for comment.