Robbers Stalk And Steal 86 Year Old Widow’s Life Savings
1 of the men was caught on CCTV leaning more than to view as the victim entered her PIN while purchasing groceries at Waitrose in Wandsworth, south-west London.
He is then noticed recording the code in his telephone as the unsuspecting pensioner leaves the shop.
An accomplice lying in wait outside the store allegedly distracted the elderly woman by posing with a map pretending to be lost, allowing an additional to take her card from her pocket.
The robbers then went on a spree totalling £21,000, purchasing garments, six second-hand vehicles and quick meals foods, in accordance to law enforcement.
‘The money was the victim’s lifestyle savings that she was maintaining for her grandchildren,’ a Metropolitan Police spokesman stated.
‘The theft has also experienced a substantial impact on the victim, top her to alter her typical schedule. She is also afraid to get her financial institution card out anyplace in public.’
He added: ‘As the 86-year-old widow was shopping in the shop, two men and a woman watched her as she paid out for her shopping.
‘One of the suspects saw her enter her PIN code and recorded the numbers on his mobile telephone.
‘Once outside the shop, an additional of the suspects distracted the victim stating he spoke little English and pretended to be lost with a map, as an additional stole her financial institution card from within her pocket.
‘The victim’s financial institution card was used to purchase £21,000 worth of vehicles, clothes and a restaurant meal.’
Officers are appealing for any witnesses or anyone who recognises any of the suspects on the footage to arrive ahead.
They are described as: a white woman in her 40s, sporting glasses, a black and white head scarf, dark coat, white shirt, dark leggings, black boots and carrying a big brown bag a slim-constructed Asian man in his 20s, sporting a dark hooded top with a fur hood liner, dark jeans and white trainers and an additional Asian man, in his late 30s and of medium develop, sporting a dark hooded top with a mild blue liner and white zipped entrance, dark jeans and white trainers.
The theft is thought to have taken place between 10.30am and twelve.20pm on Thursday March seventeen in Balham High Street in Wandsworth.