Police are investigating after a burglar stole the rings off the hands of a bed bound dementia sufferer in Stoke-on-Trent.
The 98-year-old woman's home on Stone Road in Trentham was broken into between 10am and 11:30am last Friday.
The victim suffered bruising to her fingers (pictured) and was left badly shaken by her ordeal. She received medical treatment at home but did not require hospital treatment.
The suspect is described as a white man, aged in his 20s or 30s, with dark hair.
The jewellery stolen includes two gold wedding rings which were welded together, a gold Saint Christopher pendant and Wedgwood pendants.
DS Cheryl Hannan, of Staffordshire Police's Force Safeguarding and Investigations department, said: "Burglary is a despicable crime in itself but in addition to the intrusion of her home this vulnerable defenceless victim has had her weakness exploited.
"To take rings from an elderly lady's fingers is a truly atrocious and despicable act and I've no doubt this incident has had a profound effect on her. She has lost highly sentimental jewellery she has had for many many years.
"We're working with the woman's family to support her and doing everything we can to trace the suspect and bring him to justice.
"We're also investigating if this burglary is linked to several others break-ins in the Trentham area over the past few weeks.
"Residents are urged to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity immediately.
"Please also contact us if you are offered any jewellery for sale from a questionable source."
Anyone with information is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 256 of October 21 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.