Burglary victim's frustration at police delay
7:40am Monday 16th April 2012 in News
A frustrated resident has told of his despair after police took two months to appeal for information following a burglary at his flat - despite providing them with CCTV images of the two suspects.
On February 1, two smartly-dressed men managed to break into the Veridian Apartment block, in Battersea Park Road, before fleecing resident Zane Lawrence's penthouse flat.
They also targetted his next door neighbour, who has a penthouse in the block.
The thieves stole £35k of jewellery, as well as a number of sentimental items, before heading down to the block's basement where they loaded the swag into his expensive Mercedes SLK and drove away.
Realising he had been robbed Mr Lawrence called police and handed them two CCTV images, from a camera positioned over the entrance to the block, that clearly captured the faces of the two suspects.
His frustration is because a police appeal was only sent out to the public at the start of this month - more than two months after the incident took place.
Mr Lawrence: "The police failed at every turn to pull up any leads and it got left for two months - our stuff is still missing and they got away.
"All my hard work to get this out there which could have caught the criminals was all to waste."
The only piece of good news for Mr Lawrence is that his Mercedes was recovered in Essex - which is 25 miles from Battersea.
He said: "The one thing we did get back was the car, although we haven't actually got it back yet. It was found in Hornchurch, in Essex.
"One of the routes I suggested was that they went out around Oval to avoid the cameras, which leads to Essex, so that's probably the way they went - another great lead, but not followed up on."
Just over a month later, on March 9, there was a similar burglary at the Howard Building, Queenstown Road, also in Battersea where a penthouse flat was broken into and jewellery to the value of £145,000 was stole.
Police are covinced the same two men committed both burglaries, if you can help please call Wandsworth Priority Crime Unit on 0208 2478046, contact your local police station or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 5551111.