Bur­glars con el­derly cou­ple out of £5,000

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

AN EL­DERLY cou­ple have been robbed of their sav­ings by dis­trac­tion bur­glars in Ruis­lip.

The cou­ple – a 90-year-old woman and her 89-year-old Se­cond World War vet­eran hus­band – were tar­geted at their home in Field End Road on Tues­day, Jan­uary 19.

One man came to the door and an­other sneaked up­stairs and snatched in ex­cess of £5,000 in cash from the cou­ple’s bed­room, which they had been sav­ing for home im­prove­ments.

The bur­glary was just five days af­ter Al­fred and Enid Pe­gler, aged 84 and 95, were robbed at their Hare­field home of just £75, as re­ported in last week’s Gazette.

Af­ter the lat­est in­ci­dent, the Crime Aware­ness Group for Ruis­lip and East­cote set up a crowd­fund­ing page. In just four hours, £680 was raised and money is con­tin­u­ing to come in.

Alan Palmer, who set up the crime aware­ness group, said: “It’s an­other sad tale. This hap­pened dur­ing the day, it’s a beau­ti­ful house and they are a re­ally lovely cou­ple.

“The good that’ll come out of it, is that the com­mu­nity will come to­gether and we’ll have an­other bumper col­lec­tion.”

He added: “We need to reach out to res­i­dents to stop them keep­ing cash in the build­ing. But we also want lo­cal bob­bies avail­able on the ground.”

In­spec­tor Rob Bryan of Hilling­don Po­lice said: “Dis­trac­tion bur­glars will of­ten work in groups of two or more and will case the neigh­bour­hood for po­ten­tial vic­tims.

“They might flash some ID, but once in they will keep the householder busy while their ac­com­plice bur­gles the house. Don’t let any­one in un­til you have checked them out.”

You can do­nate to the crowd­fund­ing page by vis­it­ing: https://crowd­fund­ing. just­giv­ing.com/Field­EndRoad

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