CCTV appeal: Pensioners, 83 and 89, targeted in Croydon ‘bump and run’ robberies

Croydon detectives have released CCTV images of two suspects they want to question about two separate robberies involving an 89-year-old man and an 83-year-old woman.

They are keen to trace the man and woman pictured in connection with both offences which appear to be targeted robberies against elderly victims leaving banks.

At around 10.30am on July 9 an 89-year-old man, withdrew cash from the NatWest Bank in the Whitgift Centre, Croydon.

A short while later he felt someone bump into him as he shopped in Sainsbury’s, also in the Whitgift Centre, before running off.

The victim checked his pocket and found the money had gone. It is believed that the suspect had followed the victim from the bank to the store.

The suspects have been linked to a similar offence that happened on July 7 in Croydon town centre.

On this occasion an 83-year-old woman withdrew cash from the Nationwide bank at George Street at around 10.15am.

As she then walked into Iceland in Surrey Street a man bumped into her and stole the money from her pocket.

Detectives from Croydon CID are investigating both offences and are appealing for anyone who recognises the individuals in the footage or images from July 9 to come forward.

Detective Constable Sheree Yates, from Croydon CID, said: “The elderly victim is extremely upset about what appears to be a targeted robbery.

“We are hopeful that somebody in the area at the time has seen something that could help us.

“We are also appealing to anyone who recognises the suspects from the CCTV footage to get in touch as soon as possible.”

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