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Terrified pensioner, 67, watches on as thieves ransack her home

By citizenmike  |  Posted: February 27, 2013

Inspector Andy Poole says the ordeal was 'despicable'

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A 67-year-old Stroud pensioner has been tricked out of a sapphire and diamond eternity ring by cunning distraction thieves.
The thieves entered the pensioner's home on Dryleaze, in Wotton, through a door in the front of the house.
They were then disturbed by the woman as she realised they had entered her home.
When confronted, the offenders told her that they were police officers.
The offenders continued their search of the property and then left taking with them a sapphire and diamond eternity ring, a gold eternity ring with ruby and diamond and around £100 cash from the victim's purse.
The ordeal happened on Monday between 7.15pm and 7.45pm.
Police in Stroud are appealing for witnesses and reminding residents to protect themselves from distraction burglaries.
The first offender is described as white, in his 20s or 30s around 5ft 6ins tall and of muscular build. He was wearing a grey cable-knit sweater.
The second man was described as white, between 20 and 30,again around 5ft 6ins tall and less muscular than the first. He was wearing a black coat, black woolly hat and a black scarf over his face.
Insp Andy Poole said: "This goes to show these people will try anything to trick their way into victim's homes. These kinds of burglaries are always so despicable because the offenders deliberately target the most vulnerable members of society.
"We will, of course, do all we can to locate the offenders and to investigate this matter fully as we continue to crack down on distraction burglaries across Gloucestershire".
Anyone with information that could help the investigation should call police on 101 quoting incident 397 of February 25.

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  • sticks_stones  |  February 28 2013, 12:42AM

    They are not your average theiving scumbags - they are vile degenerate scum - who we now have to put up with thanks to our lying Government and their 'falling crime rates' - that is a lie and they know it.

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  • bonzaharris1  |  February 27 2013, 5:45PM

    How do people actually manage to stoop the level that these two thieving scumbags have done, and target the vulnerable elderley. The jewellery they stole probably had great sentimental value and that will cause more hurt. Always the same with these vile lowlifes, target someone who cannot defend themselves or are too old and confused to realise what is going on until its too late. No real deterrent when they get to court either, suspended sentence or a bit of community service and they leave court smirking. About time there was an about turn in sentencing, and smirks wiped of their scumbag faces.

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  • Judyteen  |  February 27 2013, 4:59PM

    These thugs want a good slapping. The police do not care. Elderly people no longer feel safe in their homes. And that is not right. Part of the problem is there is no deterrent, the thieves know they will get a telling off and that will be the end of it. That is if they are caught. So get rid of this stupid human rights rubbish, if someone kills or burgles or assaults anyone then they do not deserve the right to anything...... That's me off my soap box now.

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  • RoseHillWR  |  February 27 2013, 4:57PM

    Sorry, I'm confused - surely, Dryleaze, Wotton is in Wotton under Edge and not Stroud.

  • sticks_stones  |  February 27 2013, 3:06PM

    Another one... http://tinyurl.com/cpektl2 The same happens to a 70 year old in Barton, no descriptions or sympathy from 'the community' police et al... Its out of control and they can't stop it...

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