WATCH: Cowardly burglars try to take pensioner with Alzheimer’s life savings
PUBLISHED: 09:26 20 October 2017 | UPDATED: 09:26 20 October 2017
Detectives from Bromley Burglary Squad are now investigating
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.”