Search

Burglar posing as plumber robs 86-year-old in her Mornington Crescent home

PUBLISHED: 08:14 26 March 2018 | UPDATED: 08:14 26 March 2018

A man police wish to speak to in connection with a burglary (Picture: Met Police)

A man police wish to speak to in connection with a burglary (Picture: Met Police)

Archant

A heartless burglar conned his way into the home of an 86-year-old woman in Mornington Crescent by pretending to be a plumber.

Police are appealing for information after a man turned up at the pensioner’s flat in Oakley Square at around 7pm on January 24.

The burglar claimed that the victim had a leak in her flat and that he was there to stop it, Scotland Yard said.

He asked the woman to turn off the radiators in the flat saying he was not allowed to touch the ‘controls’.

While the victim went to turn off the heaters, he stole her handbag and phone then left.

Her bank card was then used 12 times to withdraw £164.54 from her account.

The man is white, 5ft 10ins tall, well built, with black hair and a round face. He spoke with an Irish accent and was wearing a black puffa-style jacket and black trousers.

Det Con Mark Pinder, of the Central North CID, said: “During the incident the victim’s mobile phone was stolen. There were a significant number of sentimental pictures on the phone which cannot be recovered. This has caused the woman substantial anguish and upset.

“This was a despicable crime committed against a helpless elderly woman in her own home. It is vital that we identify and apprehend this suspect as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

10:41

Keir Starmer has said the government’s approach to Universal Credit is similar to the “hostile environment” policy that led to the Windrush scandal.

Yesterday, 16:30

The Phoenix Cinema will hold a meeting on fundraising for the historic cinema this weekend.

Yesterday, 13:14

A special interfaith Remembrance Sunday parade in Highgate saw attendees from across faiths and generations join together to pay their respects to those who fought and died in the First World War.

Yesterday, 11:59

Camden Council has backed calls for a second referendum on Brexit, with councillors overwhelmingly supporting a motion last night.

Yesterday, 11:21

A charity café in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park run by the Camden Society has been lauded for its inclusivity and work in the community.

Yesterday, 10:42

Mitzvah Day organisers are encouraging everyone to volunteer for a good cause on Sunday – so the Ham&High got into the spirit by helping out a group of heroes who give supplies and friendship to homeless people every week.

Yesterday, 09:43

The killers of a man who succumbed to horrific injuries inflicted on him in a drunken hostel fight five and a half years earlier have been sentenced over his murder.

Mon, 17:07

A sixteen year old boy has been charged with grievous bodily harm with intent over the Billy Fury Way stabbing which left another teenager in a “critical condition” in hospital.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Looking to get your child interested in a sport? Allianz Park, home to rugby union team Saracens, welcomes people of all ages to join their family of supporters and discover how their core values Honesty, Discipline, Humility and Work Rate underpin everything they do off and on the pitch.

As part of a major refurb, the London Marriott Hotel Maida Vale has renamed its three new-look function rooms to reflect the geography and rich history of the area. The largest, perfect for weddings and large meetings, is named after a Hampstead subterranean river, The Westbourne.

Londoners seeking high quality houses for sale within easy commuting distance of the capital are being advised to look north to St Albans’ prestigious Gabriel Square development.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now