elderly couple

An elderly couple was robbed after letting prospective kitten buyers into their home, north of Whitby. (CBC)

An elderly couple living north of Whitby were robbed after letting a couple into their home to buy kittens.

A man and a woman told the couple they were interested in buying the animals, in response to an ad about the kittens the couple posted online, and were allowed inside. That's when they say the woman asked to use the washroom but instead stole jewelry, cash, a purse and other personal belongings.

Doris and Bill Lane have lived in the home for more than 42 years and were shocked when they discovered they’d been robbed. They put the value of the theft of cash and jewellery at around $6,000 — including a necklace she was given for her 50th wedding anniversary and a watch he received for more than 25 years of service at his job.  

“How could you do it?” Doris Lane said. “How could you see a lady in a wheelchair, an old couple, and come in and raid them?”

The female suspect is described as white in her mid 30s, with dark hair in a bun. She was wearing a white tank top, dark dress pants, and beige high-heel shoes at the time. She has a tattoo of a letter on her left forearm.    

The male suspect is described as white, with a black, scruffy beard and numerous tattoos.