Appeal for information following robbery in Croydon


Officers investigating the violent robbery of an elderly man in Croydon are appealing for witnesses.

Police were called at 17:04hrs on Monday, 17 August, to reports of an injured man on Oaks Road.

Officers and the London Ambulance Service (LAS) attended. They found a 70-year-old man and established that he had been robbed of camera equipment by two males.

During the robbery, the victim had struggled to hold on to his property and was pushed to the ground and beaten; he sustained serious facial injuries.

He was taken to a south London hospital by the LAS. He suffered cuts and bruising to his face and damage to his eye socket which requires ongoing treatment.

Officers conducted a search of the area and a crime scene was established.

A record of the stolen property has been compiled and police are asking anyone who has been offered photographic equipment for sale by someone other than a retailer to contact police immediately.

The items stolen included:

– a Nikon DSLR Pro D850 camera;
– a Nikon battery pack;
– two Nikon photographic lenses;
– two Hoya digital filters.

Anyone with information regarding who might be selling equipment of this description, or anyone who can identify the males responsible should call police on 101 or Tweet @MetCC quoting reference Cad 5771/17Aug.

To remain anonymous call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.