Search

WATCH: Cowardly burglars try to take pensioner with Alzheimer’s life savings

PUBLISHED: 09:26 20 October 2017 | UPDATED: 09:26 20 October 2017

First suspect wanted for questioning over Bromley distraction burglary

First suspect wanted for questioning over Bromley distraction burglary

Archant

Detectives from Bromley Burglary Squad are now investigating

Second suspect wanted for questioning over Bromley distraction burglarySecond suspect wanted for questioning over Bromley distraction burglary

Shocking footage of two burglars walking into a pensioner’s home in a bid to strip him of his life savings has been released.

Police want to speak to two men captured in the footage, following the distraction burglary on Thursday, October 12.

At around 2.50pm, the 77-year-old victim was home alone when two men knocked on his door pretending to be builders.

The frauds claimed they needed payment for work that was never carried out.

Once inside the Tatsfield home, on the Bromley-Surrey border, the pair took £150 from the pensioner, who suffers from Alzheimer’s.

Both men then took the victim out of his own home, in a bid to make him withdraw his life savings from his bank account.

Their attempts were thwarted when a passer-by, who knew the victim, became suspicious.

Working out what was happening, the Good Samaritan tried to apprehend one of the suspects, before they ran off, getting away in a black Audi A3.

Video footage within the victim’s house caught the two men.

The first suspect is described as an Indian man with short dark hair wearing grey tracksuit bottoms and top with a black Nike Air tick logo across his chest.

The second suspect is described as an Indian or Sri Lankan man with short black hair in a bun wearing dark clothing and a thin scarf around his neck.

DC Ben Briselden from Bromley Burglary Squad said: “We are appealing for information from anyone who recognises the images of the two suspects shown in the footage.

“This is a despicable and cowardly crime targeting an elderly man trying to steal his life savings. If anyone has experienced something similar to this we would urge them to come forward.

“I can personally assure you that all information received will be treated in the strictest of confidence and immediately acted upon.”

A spokesperson from Met Police said: “Police are reminding people to always verify the identity of anyone that comes to their door, if they are genuine then they will be able to provide identification. If in doubt do not let them in and call 999.

“Anyone that can assist police is urged to contact the police non-emergency number 101, or by tweeting @MetCC.

“To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org.

“No arrests have been made and enquiries continue.”

Latest news

Yesterday, 15:51

Nugent Shopping Centre recently treated members of the Bromley Childhood Cancer Support Group to a VIP morning.

Yesterday, 15:17

Two Bromley boxers made their debut on the MTK show in Brentwood last week (November 17) with successful performances.

Yesterday, 14:09

Detectives investigating the fatal stabbing of 22-year-old Ayodeji Habeeb Azeez have arrested a fifth person.

Yesterday, 07:00

A resident at an Orpington care home has been reunited with his former primary school class after asking the community if they recognised faces from a 1950s photograph.

Mon, 16:46

London City Royals coach Jay Williams has called for his men to hammer Newcastle Eagles into the ground in a no-nonsense bid for revenge on Saturday.

Mon, 12:54

Huge crowds started their Christmas countdown in Orpington High Street on Thursday (November 15) as the annual Christmas lights switch-on took place.

Most read

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Bromley Times e-edition today
E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Bromley Times twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists

Family Notices 24