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POLICE APPEAL AFTER SHELTER THEFT

Island Police are appealing for more information as an investigation continues into a burglary at sheltered accommodation for the elderly at Gordon Lodge in East Cowes.

A man aged in his 70s awoke to find a man in his room stealing cash from a tin. It’s alleged the thief then made his escape from a first floor balcony onto the grass below.

A charity box containing an unknown quantity of cash raised for the Prince’s Trust was also taken during the burglary sometime between 11pm on Saturday 19th May and 2am on Sunday morning.

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Investigating officer Detective Constable Andrew Cooper of Isle of Wight CID said: “We are looking to speak with three young men who were seen in the Victoria Grove area at the time. The targeting of an elderly man in sheltered accommodation is a particularly despicable act, and we urge anyone with information to come forward.”

The first man was described as:

White man
Short dark hair
Aged around 20
5′ 8” – 5’10” tall
very slim
carrying a bag over his shoulder
dark top, dark trousers

The second man was described as:

White man
Aged around 20
5’10” tall
Slim build
Wearing a white hooded top and dark trousers

The third man was described as:

White man
Aged around 20
5’ 8” tall
Slim build

Anyone with information can contact CID at Newport police station by phoning 101. Mini-com users can phone 01962 875000. Information can be given anonymously by phoning the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

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