Richard Edgecombe moved into his retirement home in Llanwit Major last year
A World War II prisoner of war who was held at Colditz in Germany, has been burgled at his retirement home.
Richard Edgecombe, 89, was at a family barbecue when the thief broke into his sheltered housing complex in the Vale of Glamorgan and made off with £100.
Mr Edgecombe, who was a prisoner of war for three years, had set the money aside to pay his rent.
Police appealed for witnesses and said the burglary was a "particularly unpleasant offence".
Mr Edgecombe, who was born in Cardiff, was captured at the siege of Tobruk in Libya in north Africa in 1941 and taken to a prisoner of war camp in Italy.
He managed to escape but was recaptured by German paratroopers and taken to Colditz for a short period.
He later spent 18 months in a prisoner of war camp in Dresden and was put to work on building roads.
During an RAF bombing raid he escaped again, returning to Wales in 1944 before working as a lorry driver.
He and wife Ethel-May had four children and lived in Ely, Cardiff. He moved to a quiet close in Llantwit Major, last year after her death.
Richard Edgecombe as a 21-year-old in the Army
The burglary occurred at some point on Sunday afternoon when Mr Edgecombe was with his family.
He said: "I did feel safe and comfortable here, but now I'm not so sure. I'm living in fear that whoever did this might come back.
"This is a quiet place but it shows that nowhere is safe from crime."
His daughter Sonia Warren, 62, said: "We thought dad was really safe here - it is horrible to think someone has been into his home.
"The shock and upset of this is all a bit much for him."
Neighbourhood beat manager, Pc Colin Malone said: "This is a particularly unpleasant offence and we will make every effort to bring the perpetrator to justice.
"We would like to speak to a young family who were seen walking past the property on Crawshay Drive at around 4.30pm with a small child and another in a pushchair.
"They may have seen something or someone in the area which may help us with our inquiries."