Witness appeal after hammer-wielding men break into Stoke Gifford pensioner’s home

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Police are appealing for witnesses after three men used hammers to smash their way into a Stoke Gifford pensioner’s home and steal a large amount of cash.

The incident, in the Elizabeth Crescent area, happened on Wednesday 20th February at about 6.50pm.

The victim, a man in his seventies, had been saving up the cash as a charity donation.

During the burglary, the man was pushed back into his chair several times when he tried to get up.

A spokesperson for Avon and Somerset Police said:

“The men are described as white, with two that looked like they were in their twenties and one who looked older, possibly in his thirties.”

Anyone with information that they think could help is asked to make contact by phoning 101, quoting reference number 5219038281 and asking to speak with PC 4758 Allen.

Source: News item from Avon and Somerset Police.

Editor’s note: We asked why nearly two weeks had passed before this witness appeal was issued. A spokesperson explained that, in general, the decision to make a public appeal is led by the investigating officer, who may choose to follow up existing leads first.

The spokesperson added: “Sometimes an early press appeal may compromise the investigation in some way.”

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  1. Another year and more brazen forced entry day time burglaries in Stoke Gifford. I wonder if they actually had police patrols here occasionally that wouldn’t happen…

    After all these burglaries over recent years I’d think more people to have CCTV too.

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