Friday, 31 January 2014

Police seek help to find man who robbed pensioner



Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a man who robbed an 85-year-old woman last Wednesday (January 22) in her Ardrossan home.

The incident happened between 5.30pm and 6.00pm in St Andrews Road when the elderly woman answered the door to a man who asked to check water pipes in her house.  The pensioner allowed him into the house and noticed money was missing after he left.

The man Police are looking for is described as white, in his early 20s and around 5ft-5in tall.  He has light brown hair with highlights and was wearing a black jacket.

Detective Constable Billy Campbell of Saltcoats Police said, “St Andrews Road is right next to Stanley Road, which at that time of day would have been busy with motorists and pedestrians.  I would urge anyone who may have seen the suspect, or recognises his description, to come forward.

“It may be that there are other people in the area who have been approached by this man, who haven’t contacted police.  If you have had someone at your door recently that you were unsure of, or if an elderly relative has informed you of an incident, I would like to hear from you.”

DC Campbell can be contacted by calling Police Scotland on 101.  Alternatively, information can be left anonymously through CRIMESTOPPERS on 0800 555 111.

In light of the robbery, the local detective reminded elderly members of the community, “If anyone comes to your door, always, without exception, ask them for identification.  Always close and lock your door while you contact the company or the Police in order to check they are genuine before allowing them access to your home.  Use your door chain to ensure they cannot gain entry until you are satisfied with their identity and I would advise people not to place handbags and purses in open view, especially with large amounts of cash in them.”

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