The home of a Boston pensioner has been burgled less than two days after he was involved in a fatal collision while cycling near the town.
Police have labelled the crime as ‘despicable’, while neighbours called it ‘absolutely appalling’.
The offence follows the death of a 74-year-old cyclist who was involved in a collision with a red Renault Megane in West Fen Drainside, Frithville, near to the junction of Brothertoft Road, at about 2.20pm on Thursday.
He has been named locally as Robin Wilson, of Tennyson Close.
Mr Wilson was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival at Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital.
The driver of the car, an 88-year-old Boston woman, was not injured said police.
Then, on Saturday, at 9am, police were alerted to a burglary at Mr Wilson’s home after the glass in the front door was found smashed.
Det Con Sue-Ellen Wilson, from Boston Criminal Investigation Department, said: “All burglaries are abhorrent but to break into the home of someone who recently died in very tragic circumstances is a despicable crime indeed.
“Extra police patrols are being carried out in the area and I am urging anyone with information about the burglary to contact me or approach one of the local officers.”
Neighbour Carol Baxter, 62, of Tennyson Close, described the offence as ‘the lowest of the lowest’.
“It’s absolutely appalling,” she added. “They are scum.”
She spoke of a neighbour who ‘kept himself to himself’, adding: “I have never known him to interfere with anyone and I have been here five years.”
Dave Watson, 66, of Carlton Road had known Mr Wilson from childhood, describing him as ‘good as gold’.
He said news of his death came as a ‘massive shock’.
The pair spoke of a man who was a keen birdwatcher and active cyclist, riding regularly and as far as Lincoln and Skegness.
“Even in the winter, on a nice day, he would be out with his bike,” Mr Watson said.
Information on the burglary (incident 103 of April 25) or on the collision (incident 240 of April 23) to police on 101.