Search

Distraction crooks steal £6k life savings of Upper Holloway pensioner

PUBLISHED: 13:26 11 April 2018 | UPDATED: 13:26 11 April 2018

Mary Garvey, 70, had £6,400 cash stolen from her house. Picture: Vicky Munro

Mary Garvey, 70, had £6,400 cash stolen from her house. Picture: Vicky Munro

Archant

A fundraiser set up to help a disabled Upper Holloway pensioner who was conned out of her life savings has raised almost £1,000.

Mary Garvey, 70, had £6,400 cash stolen from her Kingsdown Road home on March 8 by two men claiming to be maintenance workers.

Her neighbour, Vanessa Moore, 48, launched an online campaign to replace some of her savings, intended for her funeral costs or vet bills for her cats, Snowy and Snowflake.

Ms Garvey told the Gazette this week: “I have been putting on a brave front as I always do but, of course, it bothers me because I have no security now.

“Still, I’m a survivor; if there’s a God, he clearly doesn’t want me in heaven just yet.”

One man distracted Ms Garvey, who cannot stand for long periods, in the kitchen by pretending to check her water pressure. Meanwhile, the other crook went through her belongings.

Ms Moore said: “At the time it was after the snow and we were having problems with the water in the area, so they must have known that and taken advantage.”

The two men, both in their late 20s or early 30s and one of whom had an Irish accent, stole £6,000 from Ms Garvey’s locked safe box and £400 from her purse.

Ms Garvey said: “I obviously should have kept it at the bank but I remember when Greece went bankrupt and people were trying to get their money out but couldn’t. So after that I withdrew my money.”

Police were unable to find any leads but Ms Garvey had no complaints about their work.

She said: “They were lovely and that makes such a difference when you’re going through a traumatic time.”

After years of donating to charity herself, she is touched by the amount other people have gifted to her in her time of need.

“At first I felt embarrassed having someone asking for money for me because I’ve always been a giver rather than a taker, but it’s amazing and I’m grateful to everybody.

“It’s just nice to know that other people care.”

Latest Islington News Stories

07:54

Police want to speak to this man after a customer at a Leicester Square Casino was followed home and robbed of his winnings in Holloway Road.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Some 200 Muslims gathered in central London in a show of defiance against Donald Trump’s visit today.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Sainsbury’s has already angered the Highbury community with plans for a second Blackstock Road branch – now the chain wants to open ANOTHER store half a mile away.

Friday, July 13, 2018

In a weekly feature, we profile and champion a fascinating shop or company doing business here in Islington. This week, we visited Gadz Cafe in Finsbury Park, which pays tribute to ‘amazing’ MP Jeremy Corbyn.

Friday, July 13, 2018

A confrontational approach from the Met is the prime reason behind a 65 per cent reduction in moped crime in Camden and Islington according to the police officer leading the crackdown.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Jeremy Corbyn and Finsbury Park Mosque chairman Mohammed Kozbar have supported this afternoon’s London protests against Donald Trump’s visit to the UK.

Friday, July 13, 2018

A teenager has been arrested in Spain on suspicion of Nashon Esbrand’s murder in Canonbury last year.

Friday, July 13, 2018

An acclaimed Islington artist with Multiple Sclerosis has been forced to fight a long-running battle with Tower Hamlets Council to park outside her east London studio.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Fostering older teenagers means giving them the skills for life as an adult. Here, a supportive lodgings carer with Islington Council and young adult who has left care share their stories

Newsletter Sign Up

Islington Gazette twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now