Hunt for violent burglars who robbed pensioner of £54,000 of jewellery
PUBLISHED: 12:54 15 June 2015
They injured her as they pulled items from her person
Police in Bromley are hunting for two burglars who stole jewellery worth £54,000 from an elderly woman – actually wrenching it from her body.
The 71-year-old heard a noise outside her home, and found two men wearing crash helmets taking property out of her garage – who then forced their way into her house.
They tore her safe off the wall and demanded she remove the jewellery she was wearing. When she was too scared to do so, they wrenched the bracelets and rings from her fingers and wrists, bruising and cutting her as they did so.
The intruders then fled, and their distraught victim was able to call police, who are now appealing for the public’s help in tracing the thugs.
The burglary happened in Manor Park Road, Chislehurst, on Thursday, April 23 at around 9.40am.
Both suspects were wearing dark clothing and crash helmets, one of which was white. One of them was wearing a brightly-coloured, possibly yellow tabard. They were riding a black moped.
Detective Constable Damian Walsh said: “I visited the victim and I can’t begin to tell you how devastating the effects of becoming a victim of this type of crime are.
“She remains very distressed by what happened, and the loss of jewellery literally ripped from her person.
“If you have any information about the two men and can help in any way please come forward.”
Anyone who can help should call police on 020 8284 8754, quoting reference 3307646/15, or Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555 111.