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Fundraising effort for pensioner targeted by con artists

Neighbours’ support for 70-year-old whose savings were stolen by bogus water company workers in distraction burglary

09 May, 2018 — By Samantha Booth

Mary Garvey: ‘They are just bad people, they do not care who they rob, all they want is money, and to hell with the people’

A DISABLED pensioner whose savings were stolen by con artists has thanked the dozens of kind people who have donated money to help restore her independence.

As reported in the Tribune in March, the community rallied around 70-year-old Mary Garvey after two men posing as water company workers took £6,400 in cash from her Kingsdown Road home in a distraction burglary.

Ms Garvey’s neighbours responded by starting a fundraising campaign in a bid to restore some of her savings, which were kept for her funeral costs, and in case her cats, Snowy and Snowflake, need an expensive operation.

Ms Garvey, who is confined to her bed by several health conditions, said the police had been “wonderful”.

Detectives say they have now had to close the case file after exhausting all lines of enquiry to find the men.

Speaking about the thieves, Ms Garvey said: “I’m not just annoyed at them, I hate them. They are just bad people, they do not care who they rob, all they want is money, and to hell with the people.”

Vanessa Moore, Ms Garvey’s neighbour who set up the fundraising page, said: “Most of those who have donated have been strangers and I’ve been really touched. I think it’s amazing that the community have done this.”

The Met Police said the investigation established one possible link to a similar crime in Hackney, however further investigation suggests that the suspects were two different men.

The suspects are described as two white men, aged 25 to 35, of slim build and with Irish accents. Anyone with information about the burglary should call 101 quoting CAD 6601/08MAR or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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