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Tree-cutting scammers steal money and jewellery from home of Emerson Park pensioner

PUBLISHED: 17:38 15 March 2017

Tree cutting scammers broke into an 88-year-old woman's safe and stole thousands of pounds worth of jewellery and money. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

Tree cutting scammers broke into an 88-year-old woman's safe and stole thousands of pounds worth of jewellery and money. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

Ellie Hoskins

An 88-year-old woman was left devastated after scammers broke into her home and stole thousands of pounds worth of jewellery given to her by her late husband.

Gladys Everett, Clairvale, Emerson Park, could not believe her eyes when she discovered her safe had been forced open with nothing left inside after a group of men knocked on her door, offering a tree-cutting service.

“I’m in shock”, she said.

“I can’t get my head around what has happened, how can people be so horrible?

“I’m just devastated that I have lost all of the jewellery which meant so much to me.”

At about 10.30am on Tuesday, a man knocked on Gladys’s door and asked if she would like the trees in her garden trimmed - she told him no.

The victim informed police after the incident that over the last couple of weeks the same man had knocked on her door numerous times asking to trim her trees and she declined.

A short time later, Gladys spotted the man along with three other men trimming the trees at the end of her garden and told them that they might as well finish the job since they had already started.

The men finished trimming and left at about 11.30am.

Gladys then went to her safe to get some money out but discovered it was empty.

It is believed entry could have been gained to her property while she was distracted at the end of her garden.

A sum of money was taken as well as sentimental jewellery which her husband, who died eight years ago, gave to her throughout their marriage.

Gladys said: “All of the jewellery has gone and I don’t know if I’m ever going to see them again.”

The man who knocked on the door is described as white, in his 50s, about 6ft and of large build.

He was wearing a green jacket, checked shirt and a blue baseball cap.

The other three men are described as white, of slim muscular build, aged in their 20s.

It is believed they were driving a 63 plate white Ford Transit van.

Officers would like to speak to these men.

Anyone with information can contact police via 101 or @MetCC.

Information can also be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

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