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Bogus callers steal dad’s war medals

Conmen posing as window-cleaners stole a box of precious wartime memorabilia from a house in Cheswick Green.

Conmen posing as window-cleaners stole a box of precious wartime memorabilia from a house in Cheswick Green.

Police have previously issued warnings on the dangers posed bogus callers and the threat to householders during the lighter evenings.

Michael Rymer was in his Coppice Walk home last Saturday when thieves stole his dead father’s precious items from upstairs.

The 58-year-old had closed all the downstairs windows but left one slightly open on the top floor which is where the rogue traders struck.

Items stolen from the address included an array of war medals, an army watch, birth certificates and other sentimental items which has left the electrician deeply upset.

“It really upset me because I know they can never be replaced,” he said.

“They must have been up and down between 12 and 3pm and needless to say my windows were not cleaned.

“It’s an infringement of our privacy and I’m gutted.”

Michael who lives with his wife and grand-daughter said that he received four strange enquiries from people claiming to be window cleaners before the incident last week.

“We told them we didn’t want our windows done and they had the cheek to ask us for a cup of tea!” he said.

“Because they look like normal window cleaners no-one ever thinks to question them, but people must be more aware of who is on their street.”

Michael’s son Chris said he was saddened by the loss of his grand-father’s memories.

“The medals were his own and it’s sad to think we’ll never have them again.

“People in Cheswick Green need to be aware of people like this.”

Forensic evidence uncovered glove fingerprints on the window ledge as thieves reached inside the house to steal the precious belongings.

A spokesperson from West Midlands Police said: “Police were called to an address in Coppice Walk at 12.30 on Saturday March 28 following reports of a burglary where jewellery and other personal items were stolen.

Enquiries are continuing and anyone with any information should call Solihull Police Station on 0845 113 5000.”



Cathrina Hulse
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