Kind-hearted police help burglary victim
Whip-round raises cash stolen from elderly woman by trickster thieves
A HEARTLESS pair who posed as good samaritans in order to rob a Hayes pensioner prompted an amazing show of generosity from police.
Hillingdon detectives were so moved by the plight of the elderly woman – described as “the granny everyone wishes they had” – that they held a whipround to replace her stolen pension money.
Police said the lady in her 80s, who they refer to as Beth (her surname has not been disclosed), fell victim to thieves after withdrawing cash from HSBC in Hayes town centre on Monday July 27.
The arthritis-sufferer, who takes an hour and a half to walk a short distance to Coldharbour Lane, was approached by a man and a woman who offered to give her a lift home in their car.
The pair entered the house despite the widowed victim feeling uneasy. The woman remained with Beth and was affectionate towards her, while the man took the money. They then left through a broken fence at the rear of the house.
Exhausted from her outing, Beth went straight to bed and did not realise the money was gone until a few days later.
She said: “When I realised who had taken the money. I couldn’t believe it. They seemed so trustworthy and kind.”
Both thieves were white. The woman was aged around 50, 5ft 4ins and medium build with high cheek bones and mousey light hair. Her thin accomplice had a “gaunt” face, mousey coloured hair and was well dressed.
PC Rona Johnston visited Beth at home and saw how vulnerable she was – within a short time £150 had been raised for Beth.
Detective Sergeant Peter Boyd said: “Officers have dug deep into their own pockets and have helped Beth in their personal time to build her trust in people again.
“Those who stole from Beth are cruel individuals who will stop at nothing for their own financial gain.
“I joined the Met to help people like Beth and seeing her smile again has reminded us all how vital it is to protect our elderly and vulnerable members of the community.”
The cash more than paid back the £117 stolen and police acquired a second-hand TV which was set up in her living room.
Special Constable Lewis Joyce also contacted his previous employer – Paul Barnes, of Barnes Fencing Supplies in Northwood – who provided new fence posts and panels for Beth free of charge.
Anyone with information about the thieves is asked to call police on 101.