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The family of the grandmother suffering from dementia, 80, uses the locator to find thieves, but the police do NOTHING

The family of the grandmother suffering from dementia, 80, uses the locator to find thieves, but the police do NOTHING

  • Rita Taylor died a few weeks after the break at her home in Eltham, London
  • His family tracked down the thief who wields the knife with his GPS for detecting dementia
  • Although he gave the police the password for the device, nothing was done

Vanessa Allen for the Daily Mail

Rita Taylor, 80, a patient of dementia who died after a break-in at her home in Eltham, south-east London

A policeman who terrified the Alzheimer patient after breaking into his home was monitored by the GPS from the woman's family for 12 hours – but the police did nothing.

Rita Taylor's 80-year-old relatives who died a few weeks after the robbery kept the man's movements under control after stealing his purse containing a dementia tracking device.

They watched as the monitor moved from his home to a county near an address during the night.

However, despite having provided the police with the password for the device, the family says that the officers gave up the possibility of capturing the suspect in the act. Mrs. Taylor was terrified after the man broke into his home on November 29, stole his bag and snatched rings from his fingers.

She collapsed three days later and was treated in hospital, but became a virtual recluse after being released, and died less than a month later.

The grandmother's daughter Lorayne Ahmet, 56, said she believed the trauma of the operation killed her mother and that the police actually allowed a killer to escape. He added: "The theft caused his death, it was not the same after, as a family we have done everything we can to keep it safe and we feel disappointed.

"We gave him everything they needed to capture this man, and they did not do anything."

The thief burst into Mrs. Taylor's home in Eltham, south-east London, and looted him before confronting her in her bedroom.

He ripped her purse from her and forced her to deliver her jewelry, including her mother's wedding ring. The man escaped as Mrs. Taylor's caregiver arrived, pushing the woman out of her way before running toward a waiting black Vauxhall Corsa. Witnesses said he was armed with a screwdriver and a large knife.

After the assistant raised the alarm, the family told the police about their tracking device. The relatives watched her as she headed north through London to Essex, at one point stopping at an Indian take-away.

A thief broke into Mrs. Taylor's home in Eltham, south-east London, and looted him before confronting her in her bedroom (file image)

He stopped in the night outside a Dagenham address before he stopped working. Mrs Taylor's son-in-law, Greg Diamond, called 999, hoping that the police would crash into the house.

But they did not listen to anything anymore and three days later Mrs. Taylor suffered a collapse, which was supposed to be caused by a mini shot. After being released from the hospital, she stayed with relatives, but had a suspected stroke on Christmas Eve and died. Ms. Ahmet said, "Mommy does not need to die this way, she had dementia but she was an active woman who loved to see her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, she lost interest in it all and did not want to go out.

"The police just gave us a number of offenses, so far as we know they did not do anything with the information we gave them, nothing that they do now will bring Mom back, but we only want justice for her."

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police confirmed that he was aware of the tracking device but that he had not gone to Dagenham's address.

This week, after the Daily Mail contacted the police on behalf of the family, agents were sent to meet them and update them on the case. Mrs. Ahmet said she was "very sorry" and admitted that mistakes had been made and that the information was not correctly transmitted.

Since then, a man has been arrested on charges of aggravated theft and released on bail pending further investigation.

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