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23 August 2011, 06:00
An e fit's been released of a man police want to speak to after an elderly man was robbed of his engraved medals.
It happened on Frilsham Road in Southcote, Reading, on Tuesday 2 August. At about 2.45pm, a man attended the house of a 94-year-old man claiming he had been sent by the Water Board. He was let in and then got the victim to help him with turning on taps in the address.
After about five minutes, the man claimed the water was alright and left. The victim became suspicious and later discovered some items had been stolen including cash, old military discharge papers, a silver cigarette box and six medals which were silver with a gold centre and were engraved.
The suspect is olive skinned, possibly Asian, around 5ft 8ins, slightly heavy build, broad around the shoulders, with black hair which looked mostly wavy. He was in his mid-thirties and possibly spoke with a northern accent. He was wearing blue and brown faded trousers what looked like a leather jacket.
Det Con Tony Tuson, from Reading police station, said: “This was a cowardly theft committed against a vulnerable elderly man and I am appealing for anyone who was in the area who noticed any suspicious activity at the time of the incident or anyone who recognises the E-fit of the man we would like to speak to, to come forward.”
Anyone with information should contact Det Con Tuson via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505.
If you don’t want to speak to police or leave your name, please call the Crimestoppers chairty on 0800 555 111.