Fake barber steals jewellery worth £500 from pensioner in East Ham

Chandra Bouri had his necklace stolen in an attack in Altmore Avenue, East Ham. Picture: Ken Mears

Chandra Bouri had his necklace stolen in an attack in Altmore Avenue, East Ham. Picture: Ken Mears - Credit: Archant

A pensioner has had £500 worth of jewellery stolen from him by a man pretending to cut his hair.

The pendant which was on Mr Bouri's necklace. Picture: Chandra Bouri

The pendant which was on Mr Bouri's necklace. Picture: Chandra Bouri - Credit: Archant

The thief stole a gold chain, ring and pendant from 66-year-old Chandra Bouri after approaching him in Altmore Avenue, East Ham on Thursday.

Mr Bouri, who lives in Kempton Road, told the Recorder: “He ran up to me shouting, ‘Uncle, uncle’.

“He kept asking me how my kids were, and whether I remembered him. He was speaking as if we knew each other.”

The man draped a black barber’s apron around Mr Bouri before spending eight minutes cutting his hair.

Chandra Bouri had his necklace stolen in an attack in Altmore Avenue, East Ham. Picture: Ken Mears

Chandra Bouri had his necklace stolen in an attack in Altmore Avenue, East Ham. Picture: Ken Mears - Credit: Archant


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“I didn’t know what to do, he cut the back of my neck and showed me the hair that came off, then said my sideburns needed doing,” Mr Bouri said.

“There were people watching, I didn’t feel afraid, I was just trying to remember where I knew him from.”

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He told Mr Bouri to visit his barber’s in Barking Road, where he could finish the haircut for £3.

However there is no barber shop at the address he gave Mr Bouri.

Mr Bouri said: “I wasn’t suspicious, I though I should give him some money or something.

“I didn’t realise for a whole hour and a half that my chain was missing. I couldn’t imagine that someone could chop the chain off that way.”

Mr Bouri said when he realised the chain was missing at 1.00pm, he returned to the street and enquired at neighbouring houses, but no one knew the man.

He said: “I’m a nice guy, people stop me for money and I give to homeless people. I see the best in people, so I didn’t think this could happen.”

The suspect is described as a short, slightly overweight man, speaking with an eastern European accent.

He stole a gold chain with a pendant and ring on it. The ring is gold with a green gemstone, and the pendant is gold with engraving on it. Mr Bouri had the ring for more than 30 years and the pendant for 12. Both items hold sentimental value.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or with information should call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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