A man from Peckham has been jailed for six years after pleading guilty to robbing thousands of pounds worth of jewellery from an elderly man’s home.
Peter Reed, aged 46, (b.23.01.73) from Bath Close, was sentenced at Inner London Crown Court on Thursday, August 1.
The court heard how Reed, and an accomplice, forced entry into the OAP’s home, also in Southwark, in the early hours of Sunday, May 26.
The Met said the men dragged the pensioner out of bed, restrained him by the arms and marched him downstairs. They then demanded he hand over jewellery and cash and threatened him, until he broke free and ran into the garden, raising the alarm.
In total, the two men fled with jewellery worth more than £15,000 – yet to be recovered.
Reed was arrested after officers interviewed the victim, who told them he remembered Reed and other man calling at his house the night before, asking to ‘speak to a man named Michael’.
They left after being told there was no one with that name at the address.
Forensics also found a fingerprint, matching Reed’s, on a clock in the house.
He was arrested on June 7, and later charged, but his accomplice is still at large, and officers are urging the public to help identify him and bring him to justice.
Detective Constable Jack Brackley 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 5ft 7inches 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.
Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.