Pickpockets target Potters Bar pensioner in car park

PUBLISHED: 09:51 20 December 2017 | UPDATED: 09:59 20 December 2017

Sainsbury's car park, Darkes Lane, Potters Bar

Sainsbury's car park, Darkes Lane, Potters Bar


The grandson of a Potters Bar pensioner is urging shoppers to be vigilant after his grandfather was targeted by pickpockets.

Joshua Barden, 23, has been raising awareness of the incident on social media after his grandfather was targeted in the Sainsbury’s car park in Darkes Lane.

His grandfather had been putting his shopping away in his car when two men and a woman tapped him on the back and told him he had paint on his clothes.

Joshua said: “There was a huge mess of yellow on his back.”

The paint was described as a flour-like yellow powder.

“When they pointed this out, he took his jacket off and they handed him some wipes, and they said ‘let me help,’”

The trio helped him clean up his jacket but after they had gone, he realised his debit card had disappeared from his jacket pocket.

“Being my granddad, and from that era, he was very trusting,” said Joshua.

“He’s worked all his life and has always lived in the area, so he knows from back in his day he was able to trust anyone and now there’s people being as horrible as that.”

Joshua’s granddad, who is a veteran in his 80s, managed to cancel the debit card before any theft could take place.

He currently does not plan to report the incident to police, as “he’s just one of those people who gets on with it”, said Joshua.

He added: “It’s just worrying.

“I’ve lived in Potters Bar all my life and it’s horrible to think someone would pick on my granddad, especially at Sainsbury’s - there’s two old people’s homes within walking distance.”

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