Man charged with stealing £23,000 from 93-year-old Grantham war veteran

Crime and court news.
Crime and court news.

A man has been charged with conspiring to steal after a 93-year-old man was the victim of a distraction theft at a Grantham bank.

Ion Anghel, 48, of Sherwood Street in Wolverhampton, was detained on Tuesday (March 8), and charged this morning, Thursday March 10, with conspiring to steal between October 1 2015 and January 31 2016. He has been remanded and will appear before Grantham Magistrates’ Court on March 14.

The investigation into the distraction theft, which took place in a Natwest on St Peter’s Hill on December 14 last year when a 93-year-old local man’s bank card was stolen and £23,000 taken from his account, is continuing and we would still like to hear from anyone who has any information that could assist the enquiry.

Investigating officer DI Simon Bromiley told the Journal soon after the incident: “This gentleman is very upset about what has happened. For somebody who has served their country, it’s heartbreaking to see somebody like him being subject to the theft of a large chunk of his life savings. It was a despicable and callous offence especially coming up to Christmas. It seems particularly harsh and cruel at this time of year.”

“He is a respectable war veteran who has worked hard for his money and has been cruelly deprived of that money in a flash.

“Naturally he is very upset and distraught about this but he is a very resilient man and we are doing our very best to find out who did this and, if possible, recover the stolen money.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact us on our non-emergency number 101 quoting incident 245 of 16/12/2015. Alternatively contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.