Elderly Corringham resident hit by cruel distraction burglary

Thurrock Gazette: An efit of the man police want to speak to in connection with cruel burglary An efit of the man police want to speak to in connection with cruel burglary

A CALLOUS thief tricked his way into a vulnerable pensioner's Corringham home before raiding her bedroom and making off with her handbag and some cash.

At around 1.30pm last Friday - just two days after Christmas - the conman knocked on the door of the woman’s bungalow in Lampits Hill Avenue and told her he needed to turn the water off in her home as a property down the road was flooded.

The woman, in her seventies, obliged and took the man through to the kitchen.

But when the thief instructed her to check the taps in the bathroom, he went to her bedroom, pocketed some cash and made off with her handbag, driving away in a gold Mercedes.

Dc Suzanne O’Neill, investigating the incident, said: “This man is somebody’s partner, son, brother or potentially father and so we urge them to contact us with his name. We want him off the streets so that he doesn’t have a chance to target another elderly, vulnerable person.

“We also hope that sightings of his distinctive car will trigger people into calling us with its location.”

Police have released an efit of the man, is described as white, aged in his late 20s, is approximately 5ft 4ins tall and spoke with an Irish accent.

Anyone with information in connection with this burglary is urged to contact detectives at Grays police station on 101.

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8:24pm Thu 2 Jan 14

InTheKnowOk says...

SCUM!!!
SCUM!!! InTheKnowOk

2:13am Fri 3 Jan 14

Kim Gandy says...

Why on earth do these old people keep on allowing these sorts of scum to enter their homes.

They should surely be looking for uniforms, badges, ID... anything and if in doubt I'd make them stay on the doorstep while I called the relevant authority.

I refuse to believe that because people are over 70 they suddenly lose all sense of reasoning.
Why on earth do these old people keep on allowing these sorts of scum to enter their homes. They should surely be looking for uniforms, badges, ID... anything and if in doubt I'd make them stay on the doorstep while I called the relevant authority. I refuse to believe that because people are over 70 they suddenly lose all sense of reasoning. Kim Gandy

8:14am Fri 3 Jan 14

mustnt grumble says...

Kim Gandy you seem a little out of touch if you think someone over 70 cannot lose all sense of reasoning. Anyone of any age can suffer from such loss, dementia as one example can do that and if you have seen anyone suffer with dementia, a badge or any form of id would be far from the mind of the victim as they could be easily confused by the con artist.
Kim Gandy you seem a little out of touch if you think someone over 70 cannot lose all sense of reasoning. Anyone of any age can suffer from such loss, dementia as one example can do that and if you have seen anyone suffer with dementia, a badge or any form of id would be far from the mind of the victim as they could be easily confused by the con artist. mustnt grumble

9:00am Fri 3 Jan 14

jinksbella says...

Gold mercedes - Irish accent? Well that narrows the search down a bit doesnt it?
Gold mercedes - Irish accent? Well that narrows the search down a bit doesnt it? jinksbella

1:52pm Fri 3 Jan 14

OckendonPaul says...

Malvern Road, Pilgrims Lane....?
Malvern Road, Pilgrims Lane....? OckendonPaul

3:23pm Fri 3 Jan 14

rocket1 says...

crays farm?.
crays farm?. rocket1

5:30pm Fri 3 Jan 14

runwellian says...

I am over 70, I never allow anyone into my home when I am alone, that includes meter readers and even the police, I never answer the door after dark and if i haven't invited you to my home, I am unlikely to answer the door anyway!

ID cards need to be taken from the visitor and checked behind closed doors, a quick flash of a card means nothing!
I am over 70, I never allow anyone into my home when I am alone, that includes meter readers and even the police, I never answer the door after dark and if i haven't invited you to my home, I am unlikely to answer the door anyway! ID cards need to be taken from the visitor and checked behind closed doors, a quick flash of a card means nothing! runwellian

5:26pm Sat 4 Jan 14

csmman says...

its about fear, lack of confidence and minipulation, thats why people are targeted. attackers target the vunerable, fact. no matter what age. although at 70 the body is not as strong as it used to be, which is another factor i can walk down the street and point out potential victims. its about how you carry yourself. its difficult. i hope the pensioner is ok, at least they just got away with cash.
its about fear, lack of confidence and minipulation, thats why people are targeted. attackers target the vunerable, fact. no matter what age. although at 70 the body is not as strong as it used to be, which is another factor i can walk down the street and point out potential victims. its about how you carry yourself. its difficult. i hope the pensioner is ok, at least they just got away with cash. csmman

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