Doorstep burglars injure man, 92

Published on: 24 Mar 2017

AN ELDERLY man and his wife were left distressed after distraction burglars talked their way into their Staple Hill home.

Police are now appealing for information and asking the community to be on the alert following the incident, which took place at around 10.40am on Tuesday March 7. 

A man called at the couple’s home claiming that he needed to check the water supply. He was allowed inside and persuaded the 82-year-old woman to leave the door unlocked. 

The man left a short while later, and as the lady was locking the door after him a second man came down the stairs and demanded to be let out of the house. 

The lady cried out and her 92-year-old husband came to help her. He was pushed away and suffered a cut to his hand before the second man left the property.  The couple then found that a wallet containing cash and bank cards was missing. 

Officers attended and carried out a search of the area and house-to-house enquiries. Crime scene investigators carried out a forensic examination of the property and the couple's home security will be reviewed. 

The elderly gentleman was very shocked by the incident and both he and his wife were checked over by paramedics. 

The first suspect is described as white, aged 40 to 50, with a grey beard or heavy stubble and a strong Irish accent.

The second man was white, in his 20s, about 5ft 9ins, stocky and was wearing a dark-coloured hoodie.

Investigating officer PC 4220 Mark Lockyer said: “This is a nasty incident which has left an 92-year-old gentleman and his wife in a very distressed state. I’d ask anyone who has had someone matching the description of these suspects call on their home, or who has any other information which could help our investigation, to contact us straight away.” 

Anyone who can help is asked to get in touch through the police website www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/contact, or by calling 101, quoting reference 5217050522. 

PC Lockyer added: “I’d urge anyone who has an unexpected caller to use a door chain and ask to see identification. If you’re in any doubt, keep them out. Genuine utility company staff will be happy to wait or to call back while you check they are legitimate by calling their company using the number in the phone book or on your bill. 

“If you or someone you care about is concerned about doorstep crime, it’s worth signing up for the password schemes run by most of the gas, electricity and water companies. If an unexpected caller has left you feeling alarmed or intimidated, please call 999 straight away.”

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