Elderly woman returns from hospital to find home ransacked, valuable items gone


Robbed while recovering.     

That’s what an elderly Wichita woman says happened to her.
After she was rushed to the hospital, she says thieves broke into her house taking more than some of her valuables, they took her sense of security.

KSN spent the day talking with Sally and earlier this month, had to call the ambulance because she couldn’t walk. 
The paramedics came to her home and she spent several days in the hospital. 

She says in the urgency of it all she wasn’t thinking about her belongings at home, but looking back, wishes she had.

Sally has lived in this same home for many of her 72 years. After it was broken into she has a message for the people who took from her.

“To hurt somebody else, is more painful than hurting yourself,” said Sally.

Devastated doesn’t begin to describe how she feels after several days at the hospital, she returned home to find broken doors, family heirlooms, drawers from her dresser, and family information missing.

“As we walked through the house they had dumped every drawer, gone through everything, stolen drawers, stolen everything of any value really,” said Sally.

Her credit cards gone, charges already posted to her account. 

“This was while I was still away from home,” said Sally.

Sally believes her home was targeted because someone saw the ambulance taking her away.
Sedgwick County Deputy Jaime Converse says it’s happened before. 

She has advice for people on how to secure your home when pulled away for an emergency or event.

The sheriff’s office recommends dialing a friend or family member to watch your home in situations like these.

And even have them put on a light or two to make it appear like someone is home. Converse also says it’s a good idea to not let people know you or a loved one is away.

“Don’t post it on Facebook or any other type of social media, don’t let your family members post that so and so might be at the hospital or away from the residence for a few days, because people do follow things like that,” said Deputy Jaime Converse, Sedgwick Co. Sheriff Office.

Wichita Police are investigating Sally’s case, and ask anyone with information to contact them.
I also talked to a member of EMS he said crews will not leave a scene until the home is secure and they hand off keys to the patient right away so it goes with them.

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