Newport pensioner left penniless after distraction burglary

South Wales Argus: Harry Linton 85 from Ringland in Newport who was a victim of a distraction burglary. (6292201) Harry Linton 85 from Ringland in Newport who was a victim of a distraction burglary. (6292201)

A NEWPORT pensioner says he’s now penniless after two men stole his life savings, as well as irreplaceable war records, jewellery and even his birth certificate.

The distraction burglary happened just days after 85-year-old Harry Linton returned from hospital, having had most of one lung removed.

Mr Linton was at his Ringland home with his neighbour on the afternoon of April 18 when a man knocked at his front door, asking if he could cut through to a house at the back of the property.

Mr Linton, who has lived at his home for more than 50 years, showed the man through and was waiting for him to return while - unbeknownst to him - a second man snuck upstairs and stole a briefcase full of cash, his late wife Audrey’s jewellery, family Army service medals from both World Wars, including his father’s, a collection of watches, a 21-carat gold sovereign ring and his late wife’s engagement and wedding rings.

Although the jewellery was insured, he had saved the cash to pay for his funeral costs, he said.

The thieves made off with a 1930s German mouth organ, a silver money box containing old sixpences, signed photographs of film stars, a copy of Mr Linton’s will, and his army discharge books.

The family contacted the Army who said the remainder of Mr Linton’s father’s war records had been lost in a fire.

“It upset me,” said Mr Linton, who lost his wife in 2000. “It made me bad for a day or two after.

“The neighbours have been good as gold, they were shocked, and my sons were gutted.

“People scrimp and save and then a couple of lazy so-and-so’s come and pinch it. That’s what galls me. It’s hard to get that sort of money.”

Mr Linton said nothing like this has happened in the area before, but a neighbour was also the victim of a distraction burglary in the same month.

“This is a safe area, it’s one of the best places on the whole estate,” said the former painter and decorator.

“I’m still feeling it because it was a lot of money to lose.

“If I could only get the briefcase back with the paperwork in, I would love to have that back because there was a copy of my will,” he said.

“There were a lot of lovely photos of my wife’s family and my own.

“I’ve had the locks changed and won’t let anyone through the door. Once bitten twice shy.”

Two Newport men, aged 44 and 47 were arrested on suspicion of the burglaries and bailed pending inquiries.

Anyone with information is asked to call Gwent Police on the non-emergency number, 101.

Gwent Police have given the following advice to try and help residents not to fall foul of distraction burglars:

l Check the identity of the caller by telephoning the company they say they are from. Use the telephone number in your local directory or provided by your service provider;

l Check whether traders are members of the Local Authority Assured Trader Scheme or Government Trust Mark scheme;

l Ask a neighbour or friend nearby to check out the caller before you open the door or agree to have work done;

l Don’t be pressurised into having work done on the spot

l Never pay cash up front and never go to a bank or cash point with a trader;

l If you suspect a rogue trader at your door, call 999.

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10:14am Sat 17 May 14

displayed says...

Whats wrong with these statements;

“This is a safe area, it’s one of the best places on the whole estate,” said the former painter and decorator.

"Mr Linton was at his Ringland home with his neighbour on the afternoon of April 18 when a man knocked at his front door, asking if he could cut through to a house at the back of the property. "

Where was his friend, why was the front door left open................
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Too many questions , not enuff ansas!
Dont trust anyone!
Whats wrong with these statements; “This is a safe area, it’s one of the best places on the whole estate,” said the former painter and decorator. "Mr Linton was at his Ringland home with his neighbour on the afternoon of April 18 when a man knocked at his front door, asking if he could cut through to a house at the back of the property. " Where was his friend, why was the front door left open................ .... Too many questions , not enuff ansas! Dont trust anyone! displayed
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12:02pm Sat 17 May 14

Independentvoter says...

These stories make me sick when thieves pick on the weakest in our communities. I'm just glad he wasn't injured.

If you here someone bragging that they have just robbed this poor pensioner - Hand them in !!!!!

If you phone the Argus and name the person responsible and he gets charged by the police - I'll give you £100 cash !
These stories make me sick when thieves pick on the weakest in our communities. I'm just glad he wasn't injured. If you here someone bragging that they have just robbed this poor pensioner - Hand them in !!!!! If you phone the Argus and name the person responsible and he gets charged by the police - I'll give you £100 cash ! Independentvoter
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12:06pm Sat 17 May 14

Independentvoter says...

Independentvoter wrote:
These stories make me sick when thieves pick on the weakest in our communities. I'm just glad he wasn't injured.

If you here someone bragging that they have just robbed this poor pensioner - Hand them in !!!!!

If you phone the Argus and name the person responsible and he gets charged by the police - I'll give you £100 cash !
Ooop's I only read the headlines and responded in anger - I didn't realise two people had already been arrested - Well done Newport Police !!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Independentvoter[/bold] wrote: These stories make me sick when thieves pick on the weakest in our communities. I'm just glad he wasn't injured. If you here someone bragging that they have just robbed this poor pensioner - Hand them in !!!!! If you phone the Argus and name the person responsible and he gets charged by the police - I'll give you £100 cash ![/p][/quote]Ooop's I only read the headlines and responded in anger - I didn't realise two people had already been arrested - Well done Newport Police !!!!!!! Independentvoter
  • Score: 27

12:33pm Sat 17 May 14

happychapette says...

How can people stoop so low? Despicable scum, let's hope that the courts deal with them severely!
How can people stoop so low? Despicable scum, let's hope that the courts deal with them severely! happychapette
  • Score: 27

2:07pm Sat 17 May 14

sperduti says...

happychapette wrote:
How can people stoop so low? Despicable scum, let's hope that the courts deal with them severely!
i agree !!! but with the warm weather here now , please keep your front door locked and back door , and never open door to any one unless you are expecting some one , it pays to look out of the window first which I do and if I see its no one I know I don't awnser it!!! poor man I hope he gets all his personal belongings returned and these scum are made to apolgise to him to his face!!!
[quote][p][bold]happychapette[/bold] wrote: How can people stoop so low? Despicable scum, let's hope that the courts deal with them severely![/p][/quote]i agree !!! but with the warm weather here now , please keep your front door locked and back door , and never open door to any one unless you are expecting some one , it pays to look out of the window first which I do and if I see its no one I know I don't awnser it!!! poor man I hope he gets all his personal belongings returned and these scum are made to apolgise to him to his face!!! sperduti
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7:18pm Sat 17 May 14

Tosh Lines says...

It's ok everyone. "Displayed" is making his/her usual enquiries to get to the bottom of this without any police investigation. Good luck Hercule...
It's ok everyone. "Displayed" is making his/her usual enquiries to get to the bottom of this without any police investigation. Good luck Hercule... Tosh Lines
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9:01pm Sat 17 May 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

One of the profoundest disappointments in life is to realise how heartless and unscrupulous some human beings can be. I hope the personal belongings that they took from Mr Linton are all recovered and returned to him as these were irreplaceable items of deep sentimental significance which represent something infinitely more valuable than the money that the thieves would have gained for them.
One of the profoundest disappointments in life is to realise how heartless and unscrupulous some human beings can be. I hope the personal belongings that they took from Mr Linton are all recovered and returned to him as these were irreplaceable items of deep sentimental significance which represent something infinitely more valuable than the money that the thieves would have gained for them. Katie Re-Registered
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10:27pm Sat 17 May 14

displayed says...

Tosh Lines wrote:
It's ok everyone. "Displayed" is making his/her usual enquiries to get to the bottom of this without any police investigation. Good luck Hercule...
Thanks Tosh, I was merely pointing out the obvious as no one had mentioned it...........
There's certainly no mention of these questions in the report!
Someone needs to start using their "little grey cells", mon ami!
[quote][p][bold]Tosh Lines[/bold] wrote: It's ok everyone. "Displayed" is making his/her usual enquiries to get to the bottom of this without any police investigation. Good luck Hercule...[/p][/quote]Thanks Tosh, I was merely pointing out the obvious as no one had mentioned it........... There's certainly no mention of these questions in the report! Someone needs to start using their "little grey cells", mon ami! displayed
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10:56pm Sat 17 May 14

cerivesty says...

It is awful I have known Mr Linton for many years such a lovely man .... I hope they do catch the people who done this to poor Harry
It is awful I have known Mr Linton for many years such a lovely man .... I hope they do catch the people who done this to poor Harry cerivesty
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12:04pm Sun 18 May 14

Mike0408 says...

happychapette wrote:
How can people stoop so low? Despicable scum, let's hope that the courts deal with them severely!
oh i am sure the courts will do everything in their power in they get found guilty.
probably a fine of around £100 between then and a months community service, oh don't we just love our justice system.
[quote][p][bold]happychapette[/bold] wrote: How can people stoop so low? Despicable scum, let's hope that the courts deal with them severely![/p][/quote]oh i am sure the courts will do everything in their power in they get found guilty. probably a fine of around £100 between then and a months community service, oh don't we just love our justice system. Mike0408
  • Score: 3

12:04pm Sun 18 May 14

Mike0408 says...

happychapette wrote:
How can people stoop so low? Despicable scum, let's hope that the courts deal with them severely!
oh i am sure the courts will do everything in their power in they get found guilty.
probably a fine of around £100 between then and a months community service, oh don't we just love our justice system.
[quote][p][bold]happychapette[/bold] wrote: How can people stoop so low? Despicable scum, let's hope that the courts deal with them severely![/p][/quote]oh i am sure the courts will do everything in their power in they get found guilty. probably a fine of around £100 between then and a months community service, oh don't we just love our justice system. Mike0408
  • Score: 1

5:12pm Sun 18 May 14

Llanmartinangel says...

Mike0408 wrote:
happychapette wrote:
How can people stoop so low? Despicable scum, let's hope that the courts deal with them severely!
oh i am sure the courts will do everything in their power in they get found guilty.
probably a fine of around £100 between then and a months community service, oh don't we just love our justice system.
You missed out the bit where the legal aid lawyer (paid for by us) steps up and says what fine upstanding gents they are and it's only their 48th offence and their mothers didn't love them and they have to fund their drug habit somehow and they are going to go straight very very soon. Oh and it was an impulsive act and they are really sorry.
[quote][p][bold]Mike0408[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]happychapette[/bold] wrote: How can people stoop so low? Despicable scum, let's hope that the courts deal with them severely![/p][/quote]oh i am sure the courts will do everything in their power in they get found guilty. probably a fine of around £100 between then and a months community service, oh don't we just love our justice system.[/p][/quote]You missed out the bit where the legal aid lawyer (paid for by us) steps up and says what fine upstanding gents they are and it's only their 48th offence and their mothers didn't love them and they have to fund their drug habit somehow and they are going to go straight very very soon. Oh and it was an impulsive act and they are really sorry. Llanmartinangel
  • Score: 6

9:36am Tue 20 May 14

mrs m says...

This is my uncle Harry, and if you knew him you,d know that he was one of the nicest kindest people ever. He is very vunerable at the moment as his health isnt too good. Hus problem is he's too trusting of people ant they take advantage... I hope these scum bags have the same thing happen to them when they become pensioners themselves. They will prob get off light when they reach court as most criminals do in this country but my fingers are crossed that their lives are hell from now on... Harsh! Yes maybe, but they need to realise the effects crimes like this have on the old and vunerable....
This is my uncle Harry, and if you knew him you,d know that he was one of the nicest kindest people ever. He is very vunerable at the moment as his health isnt too good. Hus problem is he's too trusting of people ant they take advantage... I hope these scum bags have the same thing happen to them when they become pensioners themselves. They will prob get off light when they reach court as most criminals do in this country but my fingers are crossed that their lives are hell from now on... Harsh! Yes maybe, but they need to realise the effects crimes like this have on the old and vunerable.... mrs m
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