A 93-year-old British woman died Wednesday, Aug. 21, from Takotsubo Syndrome—broken heart syndrome—just months after three men broke into her home and stole her valuables.
According to a post of Northamptonshire Police on Facebook, Betty Munroe’s home in Boothville, Northampton, was broken into on June 11 at around 11pm. Three men gained access to her home using a pair of garden shears, told Betty they were police officers, then took all of her jewelry, including Munroe’s late husband’s watch, her purse, bank cards, a gold chain from around her neck and ransack the premises in front of her before fleeing the scene, Mirror reported.
“Betty’s health deteriorated very quickly after the incident and she was diagnosed with PTSD following repeated nightmares, trouble sleeping, being sick, and being unable to stop shaking,” according to Northamptonshire Police’s Facebook post.
Betty subsequently spent a lengthy period in hospital with heart problems and was eventually diagnosed with Takotsubo Syndrome, passing away on Wednesday. Her family have now issued a statement saying that the burglars robbed Betty of ‘her will to go on.’
“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,” the statement read.
Detective Inspector Simon Barnes of the Northampton Criminal Investigation Department called the case heartbreaking and has appealed to the public for help tracking down the burglars. .
“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. If you want to do it anonymously, instead of calling us on 101, you can speak to Crimestoppers on 0800 55511 or use their online reporting form,” Barnes said.
Northampton is located about 70 miles northwest of London, England. Authorities are still searching for the men who broke into her home.