Precious items stolen from Yate pensioner's home  

February 28 2017

Police are appealing for information after an elderly man had a box of belongings stolen from his home in Yate.

 Police are appealing for information after an elderly man had a box of belongings stolen from his home in Yate. 

The theft happened around lunch time on Thursday 16 February, when two men approached the man, who is in his seventies, and offered to do work on his house in Priors Lea. 

The men came into the property, made a hole in the ceiling then left, claiming they would be back to finish the work. The pensioner later realised that a small box containing items of sentimental value was missing. 

They included his mother’s five-diamond engagement ring, a wedding ring and cufflinks. The man had hoped to be buried with the box and its contents. 

The incident was reported to police on Wednesday 22 February after the pensioner told a friend about it. 

Neighbourhood PC Angharad Baynham said: “I’d ask people to look out for their vulnerable elderly relatives, friends and neighbours. Make sure they have a chain or door viewer on their door so they can check who’s calling before letting them in. Remind them not to open the door if they’re not sure of a caller, and if they feel alarmed or threatened to call 999 straight away.” 

The police would like to hear from anyone who noticed two men in the Priors Lea area, who was approached for work on their home or who has any other information which could help. Get in touch online www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/contact or by call 101, quoting reference 5217040031.”

The theft happened around lunch time on Thursday 16 February, when two men approached the man, who is in his seventies, and offered to do work on his house in Priors Lea. 

The men came into the property, made a hole in the ceiling then left, claiming they would be back to finish the work. The pensioner later realised that a small box containing items of sentimental value was missing. 

They included his mother’s five-diamond engagement ring, a wedding ring and cufflinks. The man had hoped to be buried with the box and its contents. 

The incident was reported to police on Wednesday 22 February after the pensioner told a friend about it. 

Neighbourhood PC Angharad Baynham said: “I’d ask people to look out for their vulnerable elderly relatives, friends and neighbours. Make sure they have a chain or door viewer on their door so they can check who’s calling before letting them in. Remind them not to open the door if they’re not sure of a caller, and if they feel alarmed or threatened to call 999 straight away.” 

The police would like to hear from anyone who noticed two men in the Priors Lea area, who was approached for work on their home or who has any other information which could help. Get in touch online www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/contact or by call 101, quoting reference 5217040031.”