Burglars threaten pensioner with screwdriver

Detectives in Croydon are appealing for witnesses or information following an aggravated burglary at a residential address in Blenheim Crescent.

On Wednesday (27 June) at approximately 11.10pm the 69-year-old man was threatened with a screwdriver in his kitchen by four suspects who had broken in via his front door.

The victim was also sprayed with an unknown substance by one of the suspects. The substance was not noxious and did not cause the victim any physical discomfort.

The suspects demanded to know who else was in the house and where money and jewellery was kept.  One of the suspects went upstairs and woke the man’s wife, aged 63, and brought her to the kitchen.

The four suspects then ransacked the house as they searched for valuables.

As they were about to leave, one of the suspects sprayed both victims with disinfectant.

The four suspects then left the property with cash and jewellery. They are believed to have left the scene in a vehicle.

Detective Constable Kathlyn Stanley-Quist from Croydon’s CID team, said: “I would like to reassure the public that attacks of this nature are a rare occurrence. Fortunately neither victim suffered any long term injuries but they were considerably shaken by the incident, but are understandably shaken up by these events.

“We would really like to hear from anyone who was in the surrounding area during the day or may have seen anyone acting suspicious in the days before this attack.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 and quote 8909/27June. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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