UPDATE: Bluewater calms security fears after 'callous' thieves trick pensioner out of his car full of Christmas presents
PUBLISHED: 11:23 24 November 2016 | UPDATED: 11:23 24 November 2016
Police are appealing for witnesses
Police are searching for two men who tricked an elderly shopper out of his brand new car, before driving it off.
The pensioner, who is 81, was sitting in his car full of Christmas presents at around 3.50pm on Tuesday, November 15.
He had been shopping with his wife and was parked in the Lower Thames Walk car park in Bluewater waiting for her to return, when two men approached him in another vehicle.
The men spoke to their victim, saying there was something dangerous on the back of his car, a ‘jungle green’ Skoda Yeti with a 66 registration plate which had just 200 miles on the clock.
When he got out to check, one of the men got into his vehicle and drove it away.
Following the incident, the shopping centre has calmed fears over security of its shoppers.
A spokesperson said: “We are extremely saddened to hear about the car theft that took place. We can confirm this was an isolated incident, and there have been no other recent reports of car thefts at Bluewater.
“The safety and wellbeing of guests and staff is our highest priority. Bluewater’s security procedures are regularly reviewed and tested, and we have a 24-hour security team and dedicated onsite Kent police officers.
“As well as extensive CCTV our car parks are patrolled and we have security vehicles providing a further visible presence.”
“All further enquiries are being dealt with by Kent Police.”
The suspects are described as white, one aged in his late 20s with the other aged between 35 and 50-years-old.
PC Paul Growns said: “This was a callous act on a vulnerable person.
“The car was brand-new and was the first vehicle the victim had bought in more than 20 years.
“There was also a lot of Christmas shopping in the back of the car and what should have been a relaxing happy day out for this couple was ruined by these two individuals and I would urge anyone with information to get in touch with Kent Police.”
Anyone with information can call Kent Police on 01474 366149 quoting reference XY/ XY/45719/16.