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Appeal for witnesses following distraction burglary - Worcester

We are appealing for witnesses or information following a distraction burglary in Worcester yesterday (Thursday, 27 June).

Some time between 12pm and 5pm, a man knocked on the door of an elderly person's house on Penbury Street and advised them that some work needed doing to fix their roof and prevent a leak.

While the victim, a woman in her 80s, was talking to this first man, a second man knocked on the back door so she went to see who it was.

It is believed that while the victim was talking to the second man, the first man has entered the property, gone upstairs and stolen a purse with a quantity of cash in.

The suspects then left and following on from this, the victim discovered her purse and cash missing.

The first man is described as white, around 6' tall, with a moustache and goatee beard.

Detective Sergeant Grant Fraser from West Mercia Police said: "We would urge local residents to be on their guard and vigilant to anyone knocking on their door unannounced as unfortunately not everyone who calls at the door is who they claim to be.

"Often these people can be very convincing and give no reason for the occupant to believe they are not genuine however we would urge people to be cautious. If in any doubt don't let them in and check their identity.
"Any genuine caller will not mind waiting or coming back another time after arrangements have been made to check they are who say they are. If possible, arrange for someone else to be at the property when they return.
"We're appealing for information in relation to this incident and I would ask anyone who was in the area on Thursday afternoon and saw anything that seemed suspicious or out of the ordinary to get in contact with us.

"We would also like to hear from anyone else who may have been approached by these men regarding roof work."

Anyone with any information is asked to call West Mercia Police on 101 quoting incident number 664s of 27 June 2019.

Alternatively, information can be given anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their website.

Issued: 3.45pm, Friday, 28 June, LK, Corporate Communications

Published 28/06/19