Crooks made off with pensioner's savings

THIS is the face of a crook who made off with a 90-year-old woman's life savings after conning his way into her home.With her home still full of flowers and cards celebrating her birthday, this man distracted the pensioner while another person searched her house for money - even tearing apart her eiderdown.

THIS is the face of a crook who made off with a 90-year-old woman's life savings after conning his way into her home.

With her home still full of flowers and cards celebrating her birthday, this man distracted the pensioner while another person searched her house for money - even tearing apart her eiderdown.

The woman's furious nephew has branded the burglars as heartless and said the burglary has left his aunt upset, shocked and waking in the middle of the night.

He said she had been saving the money for her funeral and was now concerned about how it would be paid for.


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However the brave pensioner was able to give police a description of one of the men who she thought took the money and she hopes this will help bring him to justice.

The woman from Robin Drive, who did not want to be named, said: “I'm really annoyed. I think something ought to happen to them.

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“I hope they catch them and I'd like to pay them back for what they've done.

“They must have no thought for their own families if they do this sort of thing.”

Her nephew, who also did not wish to be named, said his aunt was a kind woman and always put others before herself.

He said: “I am so annoyed by this. These people are heartless. That is the kindest word I can use.

“She has lived in the house for a long time and looked after her mother and brother there until they died.

“She's been on her own for about two years now.

“She is one of those people who always thinks about other people before herself.”

The man said his aunt, who used to work in a tobacconist and never married, had only celebrated her 90th birthday a few days before the burglars struck.

He added: “She is a very resilient woman but I think this has hit her quite hard.

“Unfortunately she is one of those people who keeps her money at home rather than in the bank and they have taken her life savings.

“They have left us in a mess.”

Have you been a victim of a distraction burglary? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail: eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

The burglary

The burglary happened in Robin Drive, Ipswich between 5.30pm and 6.30pm on Thursday when the woman had a knock at her back door.

A man distracted the pensioner by claiming he was a workman and would be coming to the area shortly to fix a fence.

While she was speaking to the man other crooks searched her home and stole cash.

One of the suspects is described as white, about 6ft, of stocky build and around 30-years-old. He had a thick-set, chubby face and a distinctive moustache which had a gap in the middle.

He was wearing a dark khaki baseball cap over what appeared to be short black hair, had dark eyes and was wearing a dark padded jacket with a zip at the front.

Anyone with information should call Dc Tim Wheatley at Ipswich CID on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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