Robbers with kind hearts … or were they just scared … ?

It was 9.30 in the morning but it was still quiet in the two-storey (UK English, folks!) house in the community of Valenton, southeast of Paris.

It was 9.30 in the morning but it was still quiet in the two-storey (UK English, folks!) house in the community of Valenton, southeast of Paris.

Just over 12,000 people live in Valenton and as it is close to Paris and served by the fast suburban rail network (RER), usually when a house or apartment is quiet at that time of the day it means that those who live there have set off to work in the capital.

This was what two robbers must have thought when they smashed a window on the second floor of the two-storey house. However, when they pushed open a door and walked into the bedroom behind it, they saw that the house’s occupants – a retired couple both in their 60s – were indeed at home and still in bed though the noise of breaking glass had awakened them.

While one of the robbers stood threateningly guard over the couple, his mate searched through wardrobes, cupboards and drawers, helping himself to whatever he thought valuable.

Having dropped jewellery and some silver cutlery into the big sack he had brought along for their loot, his mate called him to the bedroom. The house’s owner had started to feel very unwell and the man’s wife was crying and begging them to leave. She said that her husband was having a heart attack.

So what did the robbers, who were wearing black and were masked, do?

They dialled 15 to summon the emergency paramedics to the house. They gave the address where they were and explained that ‘their friend’ was having a heart attack. They asked the paramedics to hurry.

The call made, the two ran for it, taking their sack and its contents with them.

When the paramedic arrived a few minutes later they gave the owner of the house a check-over and reassured him and his trembling and sobbing wife that he had not had a heart attack and did not even run the risk of having one.

The police are now saying that the robbers had only called the paramedics because if the owner of the house had died they would have faced a charge of ‘involuntary homicide’ with a very long prison sentence.

As it is, all that they face now is the charge of breaking and entering.

The two will however probably not be found unless they left DNA behind and have a police record.

I wonder if they are considered heroes or fools as far as their mates are concerned?

Marilyn Z. Tomlins

One Response to “Robbers with kind hearts … or were they just scared … ?”

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    Jo Wake Says:

    Frightened I should think.

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