Crime & the Law

Detectives hunt robber who stole 79 year old’s savings in Holborn


Walker House, Phoenix Road, Camden. Image: Google street view.

Detectives from Camden are appealing for information after a 79-year-old woman was robbed of her £2,500 savings in Holborn.

She was attacked Monday 12th January at forty minutes after midnight outside Walker House, Phoenix Road, Camden.

She’d been walking alone on the forecourt of the block when she was suddenly approached by an unknown man, who forcibly snatched her handbag and ran off.

Police say ‘the victim was left in a state of shock and was very distressed.’

Her handbag contained approximately £2,500 in cash, and included her savings.

She’s since told detectives she now feels vulnerable, is afraid to leave her house, and does not feel safe.

She says:

I am so scared to go out and very upset that I lost my savings.

The suspect is described as a clean shaven white man, aged between 35 and 50.

He was about 5ft 8ins tall, medium build with short hair, and his clothing was described as ‘dark and scruffy.’

Detective Constable Arif Sheikh of Holborn CID said:

During this robbery the suspect showed no consideration for the victim’s age and preyed on her vulnerability. The victim was attacked as the suspect saw her as an easy target. The has left her in a state of shock and she has lost considerable savings. We need the suspect caught as soon as possible; I would urge anyone with information to contact police.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Holborn police on 0208-733-5460 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555-111.

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