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Heartless thieves swipe pensioner’s late wife’s ring

15/04/2017

UPDATE 18/04/17 

An 81-year-old man who was targeted by distraction thieves has been reunited with his treasured wedding album.

Colin Bennett was left heartbroken after bogus water board officials ransacked his home last week stealing cash and sentimental items.

However since our appeal a thorough search of the property has unearthed the missing wedding album from an unused wardrobe.

Items of jewellery belonging to the victim’s late wife were snatched from the shelf where they were displayed along with the album on 12 April.

However, the callous thieves must have had second thoughts about stealing the photos and stuffed the album into an unused upstairs wardrobe before making off.

Anyone with information about the suspects, or the location of the stolen jewellery is asked to contact DC Ed Morgan at eddie.morgan@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk
Crime no. 20BE/75202N/17

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Police have launched an urgent plea for information after thieves targeted an 80-year-old man in a distraction burglary in Streetly.

The callous thieves stole thousands of pounds in cash and stooped so low as to steal a wedding ring belonging to victim Colin Bennett's late wife plus the couple’s wedding album. 

The cherished photo album contained one-off pictures and memories of the day he married his wife who passed away last year aged 85.

Picture Credit: Sutton Coldfield Observer

 

It’s understood the victim opened the door in Queslett Road East to a man described to police as white, aged in his late 20s, 5ft 8ins tall and skinny and was wearing a dark baseball cap, a sleeveless dark colour jacket and grey industrial glasses.

The pensioner let him inside in good faith at around 11am on Wednesday (12 April) as he claimed he’d been sent by the water board to carry out checks at the home. 

He took him to the kitchen where he carried out ‘routine checks’ for around 15 minutes. During this time a second offender gained access to the house and raided an upstairs bedroom.

A short time after the bogus water board official left the pensioner realised what happened and called police.

Officers have now launched an appeal to trace the items which were stolen leaving the pensioner ‘heartbroken’. 

DC Eddie Morgan from the investigation team said: “The most devastating loss is the photos and the memories within the photo album which have been taken. These had not been copied and can never be replaced.

“We are determined to get these items back to the owner. I’d urge anyone who has been offered such items for sale to come forward and tell us."

“We are also appealing for anyone who saw someone in the area matching the description to contact us."

Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Ed Morgan at eddie.morgan@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk 
Crime no. 20BE/75202N/17