Jewellery yanked from disabled pensioner’s neck in Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 06:30 21 August 2012




VULNERABLE pensioners, including a woman on a mobility scooter, have had their jewellery yanked off them by conmen, who are pretending to sell valuables across Hatfield and Potters Bar.

The muggers, who have struck on three occasions, approached their victims in a public place, in broad daylight, pretending to sell either rings or necklaces.

The first incident occurred at 6.20pm on Thursday August 9, when a man in his 70s had a gold chain necklace stolen after being approached by two women as he sat outside the Admiral Byng pub in Darkes Lane.

Then around 6.45pm a woman in her 70s from Hatfield, who was sat on a mobility scooter in the playing fields at Birchwood Leisure Centre, also had a necklace stolen by two women.

And on Monday August 13, a woman in her 60s had a gold chain stolen after being approached by a man and a woman on the High Street, again in Potters Bar.

The women in the first two incidents were described as having long brown hair and of either Asian or Romanian appearance. Police believe the incidents to be linked.

DC Sarah Meacock, from the Local Crime Unit in Hatfield, said: “I would appeal to members of the public to be vigilant when out and about.

“In each case offenders have tricked their victims with their sales patter in the process depriving them of their property.

“If you know anything about these crimes, I urge you to get in touch with police as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information contact the non-emergency number 101.

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