Scammers steal hundreds from elderly woman: Police release CCTV images

PUBLISHED: 14:34 19 August 2010 | UPDATED: 14:48 19 August 2010

CCTV of suspects in distraction theft

CCTV of suspects in distraction theft


Police release CCTV images of men wanted in connection with a theft from a vulnerable woman in her 80s.

CCTV of suspects in distraction theft

HEARTLESS scammers pretending to ask an elderly lady for directions stole £500 from her trolley as she returned from shopping.

The victim, a vulnerable 81-year-old lady, took out the cash from Santander Bank in the Narroway at around 10.15am on July 1 and put it into a handbag which she put in her trolley.

Police have released CCTV images of two men they wish to speak to in connection with the crime in the hope of tracking down those responsible.

The victim caught the number 30 bus from Mare Street and got off on Dalston Lane, outside the doctor’s Surgery near to Cecillia Road.

She walked back towards Navarino Mansions and sat outside a block of flats near Navarino Road when two men came up to her holding a map.

They pushed the map in her face and asked for directions and when the woman tried to get the map out of her face the pair left towards Pembury Junction.

As the victim got her front door keys out of her trolley she noticed her handbag had been stolen.

The first suspect is described as a Mediterranean man, in his early 20s wearing light coloured trousers and a white top.

The second suspect is a man in his early 20s wearing a white t-shirt and black trousers.

Anyone with information is asked to call DC Suzanne Raftery on 020 7275 3636 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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