A man who forced entry into an elderly victim’s home and robbed him of £15,000 worth of jewellery has been jailed.
Peter Reed – 46 of Bath Close, SE15 was jailed for six years at Inner London Crown Court on Thursday, 1 August after pleading guilty to robbery at an earlier hearing.
The court heard how Reed and another man forced entry into the victim’s home in Southwark the early hours of Sunday, 26 May. They dragged the man, aged in his 70s, out of bed and restrained him by the arms before marching him downstairs. Throughout this the suspects demanded to know where cash and jewellery was kept. They continued to threaten the victim before he managed to break free and run into his garden where he raised the alarm.
Reed and his accomplice fled with jewellery worth £15,000.
Officers attended and spoke to the victim who recalled Reed had called at his house in the company of another man the previous evening, asking to speak to a man called Michael. They left after being told there was no one of that name at the address.
A forensic sweep of the house also located a fingerprint belonging to Reed on a clock within the victim’s house.
On 7 June Reed was arrested by officers and later charged with robbery.
Detective Constable Jack Brackley of the Central South Command Unit led the investigation and said:
“Whilst I am pleased that Peter Reed has been jailed for his role in this despicable crime, there is still an outstanding suspect that we need to trace along with the items stolen in the raid.
“The man has been described as of light skinned Arab appearance, approximately 5ft7inches tall of slim build. He had dark hair with dark facial hair. It goes without saying that he had associations with Peter Reed.
“I would ask anyone with information that could help us identify and arrest this man to come forward and speak to police as soon as possible.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact 101 and ask for Central South CID quoting crime reference number 3364/26May.