Police Witness Plea After Attempted Distraction Burglary

Pensioner challenged identity of suspect

Police are appealing for witnesses to an attempted distraction burglary at the Southfields home of a 94-year-old woman.

The victim was at her home in Stoford Close at 4.30pm on Thursday June 10 when her intercom buzzer sounded. A man told her he was from the gas company and needed to read her meter as she had paid too much on her previous bills.

The pensioner let him in where he again stated that he needed to read her gas meter and he had checked the flat upstairs for a similar thing.

He also said he needed to check the kitchen area and mentioned something about checking the lights in the premises.

The victim was concerned at this stage as to the authenticity of the man and asked him for identification. He produced a card from his pocket which he waved in front of her before quickly returning it.

The victim asked the man to leave which he did. The gas company was called and no-one had been sent to the address.

The suspect is described as a white man, aged about 20-25 years, 6ft -6ft 2inches tall. He was of slim build and had black, short, curly hair. He was clean shaven and was wearing a navy blue boiler suit.

Police are appealing to members of the public to remain vigilant and to contact DC Jon McPhee of Wandsworth Priority Crime Unit on 0208-247-8770 if they have any information that could lead to the suspected being caught. Alternatively ring Crimestoppers on 0800-555-111.

June 14, 2010