POLICE are urging the public to be wary of tricksters after a woman in her 80s had two gold chains stolen from around her neck.
At 2.30pm on June 13 at the corner of Corringham Road and Burgess Avenue in Stanford-le-Hope, a suspect approached the victim and asked for directions. She then said ‘this is for you’ and placed a yellow chain around the victim’s neck and swiftly removed two gold chains from the victim’s neck.
Investigating officer, Pc Aidan Walsh, said: “This callous thief preyed on the kindness of this lady helping her with directions. Everything happened very fast, and it was only after the suspect left that she noticed her jewellery had gone. This method of theft is common across the country, so we want to alert residents to be on their guard if they are approached in a similar way. If you have vulnerable or elderly relatives, we also ask that you tell them about this and tell them to stay alert. If you have any concerns about anyone approaching you, please contact police immediately.”
The suspect was a woman, 5’4” tall, wearing a three-quarter length dress, with brown hair worn in a ponytail, tanned and of an Eastern European appearance.
Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact Pc Aidan Walsh at the Grays area investigation team on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.