Thieves steal vital medicine from woman’s car in Belvedere

By Michael Robinson

A woman’s car has been raided of vital medicine – putting her at increased risk of numerous health problems amid lockdown.

Valerie Robinson, 60, from Belvedere, woke up on March 25 to a call from her neighbour telling her that her car door was ajar and that her belongings had been scattered across the street.

Retired government worker Ms Robinson realised her car had been looted of valuable items and prescription medicine for a string of conditions she suffers from.

She said: “I noticed that many of the things in my car, such as my coat, purse, bags and receipts were littered around my neighbourhood.

“They had clearly gone through it all as they were making their way up the road.”

The medicines looted from her car included the hormonal inhibitor used to treat post-op breast cancer, Letrozole; high blood pressure tablets, Simvastatin; and Metformin, which is used to treat Type 2 diabetes.

Her two-week supply of medicine was snatched – it will now have to be replaced during a time where pharmacies and GPs are either closed or at their busiest.

A pair of prescription glasses worth nearly £500 were also stolen, as well as money, face masks and other items.

Ms Robinson, pictured above, said: “I have phoned the doctors who have kindly offered me replacements for my stolen prescriptions.

“I’ve also contacted the police to make sure they are aware of this. This has happened several times before, and I have no doubt that it will happen again.”

Neighbours have told her this type of raid has happened multiple times over the past year – several reported their cars had been burgled the same night.

Police responded to Ms Robinson via email, saying: “You are right with regards to there being quite a few reports of this type in recent months.

“Most of the time people have been adamant that their cars were locked and that an electronic device has been used to unlock them.”

The Met has since closed the case due to insufficient evidence.

One of Ms Robinson’s neighbours, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “All of the stuff in our car was turfed out, none of it taken, except for 30p.

“They left the camera and other valuables. I think they were only looking for money.

“I feel disgusted. It makes me feel sick that people like that are in the area I live in.”


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