Oct 27 2011

Gold Necklace Snatched in Robbery

Harrow Police are appealing for witnesses to a robbery which happened on Friday 21 October at 12.05 pm in Clifton Road, Harrow where an 81 year old disabled man had his 22 carat, Indian gold necklace with a Rudraksha (Hindu religious symbol) snatched.

The victim was walking along Clifton Road, when the suspect engaged him in conversation. The suspect then grabbed at the victim’s necklace and pushed him to the ground before running off towards St Bernadette’s Primary School and through Queensbury Park.

The suspect is described as being white, in his late teens to early twenties, 5′ 6″ in height and has a 4 inch horizontal scar on one of his legs. He was wearing a grey t shirt, at the time of the attack and spoke with a foreign accent, possibly eastern European.

“This was a heartless attack on a defenceless, frail, elderly man who was pushed to the ground and had his necklace stolen. The attack happened in broad daylight on a busy road, last Friday lunchtime and we appeal for any witnesses to come forward and contact Harrow Robbery Squad on 020 8733 5407 or call Crimestoppers anonymously. We would like to remind members of the public to follow the crime prevention advice below to stay safe.” – PC Fran Shepherd, Harrow Robbery Squad

Robbery Crime Prevention advice:

  • Staying safe is about listening and being aware of what and who’s around you.
  • Keep your jewellery covered when you are in public places.
  • Wear your bag across your body, so that it opens on the side facing you.
  • If somebody does try to snatch your bag or your jewellery, let it go and don’t fight to keep it – you’re less likely to get hurt.
  • Don’t take short cuts through dark places. Walk in the middle of the pavement facing the traffic, so vehicles can’t follow you.
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