Life savings stolen in distraction burglary

Police have released CCTV images of four men they want to trace who callously stole an elderly woman’s life savings in Kitts Green.

One of the men posed as a workman dressed in a hi-vis jacket. He knocked the door about a flood in the 77-year-old’s back garden, he then took her through the house out of the way and kept her talking while his three accomplices entered the property on Yockleton Road and took her cash.

All four then made off in what is believed to be a white Ford Transit Connect with ladders on the roof around 3.30pm on Monday 19 December.

Detective Constable Nigel Box is investigating the theft. He said: “This is an appalling crime against a vulnerable member of the community.

“The lady was targeted because of that vulnerability and the offenders managed to get away with many thousands of pounds of her life savings.

“While she and her family struggle to come to terms with what has happened, the suspects are free to spend and enjoy her money. I urge anybody with information about these callous thieves to come forward.”

Officers are continuing to trawl CCTV in the area and are asking anyone who can assist with the investigation to call on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Source:: West Midlands Police News

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