Callous duo fleece OAP of his savings
PUBLISHED: 10:16 23 August 2007 | UPDATED: 11:25 01 July 2010
A CALCULATING brother and sister moved in with an 88-year-old man and fleeced him of his savings. William Lennard Young of Snowdown Close, Penge accepted the duo into his home after they offered to help him with day-to-day care. Frail Mr Young, who us
A CALCULATING brother and sister moved in with an 88-year-old man and fleeced him of his savings.
William Lennard Young of Snowdown Close, Penge accepted the duo into his home after they offered to help him with day-to-day care.
Frail Mr Young, who uses a zimmerframe, was left with nothing after his £500 savings was stolen from his bank account.
He was approached by a woman in the street who started chatting to him and asked for his address.
The following day, she arrived at his house offering to move in and care for him.
He said: "She told me she lives from house to house because she has difficulties with her mother. I said I live on my own and my wife is in South America. If you help me out, I'll help you out."
However, he said that soon after he accepted the woman into his home, a man claiming to be her brother moved in. On one occasion, the woman accompanied him to Sainsbury's at Walters Yard, Bromley to help with his shopping, during which time he used the bank. He said: "I'd just changed my PIN number; this is the first time I'd used it. She must've been watching."
Later that day, the woman asked if she could wash his trousers. I go around in a bit of a mess.
"In my trousers I keep my freedom pass, my Barclays Bank card and my railway card. When I got my trousers back, I noticed the bank card had gone.
"The next day I went to the bank and I didn't have a penny in my account."
After reporting the incident to police, he was advised to not let the duo back into his house. He installed chains on the front door but the man kicked down the door. Mr Young said: "I wasn't physically capable of stopping them. They went and collected some of their clothing from upstairs and took my mobile and a camera." Police launched an investigation after a complaint was made earlier this month. Anyone with information should call Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.