Vesta's Pathway to Crime

Liz, of Vesta Road, writes:

Last week at about 5.30pm my neighbour who lives in the upstairs flat spotted a chap, who looked a bit like a builder, skulking around our shared front garden with a bucket.

He didn't think too much about it as he was putting his bike away in the garage, and the guy got in to a white van which someone else was driving and they drove off. When my neighbour came to the front path he noticed that someone had stolen a load of tiles from the original Victorian pathway - the scumbag had also done it a couple of doors down, also where the same orginal Victorian tiles had remained for a hundred years.

Our next door neighbours had come back to their house about 4.30 and their young daughters had been playing on the bars that serves a partition between our two gardens and so would have definitely noticed had the tiles not been there at the time.

The family affected a couple of doors down noticed this about the same time, so all in all we're pretty sure it was the builder chap at 5.30 who did both. We've told the police but there's nothing to stop them coming back or attacking other peoples pathways. Might be worth letting everyone know to be vigilant, if they see anyone being suspicious? It must have taken him a good few minutes to prise them up...

20 comments:

Brockley Jon said...

My god, is there anything they won't steal? :(

awharton04 said...

Nope. I don't think they have any qualms about stealing anything. I've had two motorcycle covers stolen in the past two weeks from my front garden on Wickham Road.

Hang them.

leah said...

Awful. The next step is security cameras on everything you can't chain down....even though chains don't seem enough to prevent those awful people.

awharton04 said...

Yep. Nick anything you don't want to pay for or can flog for a fiver.

Mary said...

Cheap bike saddle stolen from cheap bike in front garden.

Nothing is safe it would seem in the area.

Hillyfields said...

what a horrible, scummy shitbag thing to do... I bet he's repairing a path locally and has charged someone a fortune for them because they are hard to come by - if you get them from a reclamation yard... but easy to come by if you've no scruples and just barefacedly steal them from someone else local... thereby ruining what's been preserved for 100 years or so...some people have no principles...

Tim Arnold said...

Cretins. If anyone in the area is having their path repaired and reads this, grill 'em about where they got the tiles.

Hopper said...

A new level of low. We had our gate stolen off the hinges a few years ago and I thought that was bad enough. What scumbags.

Liz Marlow said...

Thanks everyone for your comments. We were gutted. The worst part was that he returned the next day and took another load of tiles from our neighbours (so they were hit twice!)

Phil said...

Time to put up cctv I think

brockleybutterfly said...

Anyone else notice that it almost looks like a map of the UK (sans Ireland and bits?)

Monkeyboy said...

scotland is still there. Perhaps the thieves will replace that bit after a 'YES' vote.

Le Roi said...

This is what happens when a previously working class neighbourhood gets gentrified, when lots of money and yuppies moves into an area like that what do you expect? Even Professor Green got mugged in brockley couple months after moving there!

Headhunter said...

Although prior to it being a "working class" area it was gentrified - do you think the Victorian working class lived in 3-4 storey semi detached villas with servants quarters? We've simply come full circle...

Monkeyboy said...

Even professor green? It's something when an achademic can't even go home to his books without being set upon by a rapscallion

Guest said...

Tell the professor this is south east london not hampstead

Brockley Nick said...

Do you have the link to that story please?

Brockley Nick said...

What's your point?

I'll get my coat said...

Good job you didn't stop them as they may have taken 'a fence'!

Le Roi said...

sure NP - http://www.newsshopper.co.uk/news/10846972.Professor_Green_re_arrested_over_reported_Lewisham_robbery_and_car_crash/

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