September 29th, 2016

Church Hill pensioner targeted in distraction burglary

Church Hill pensioner targeted in distraction burglary Church Hill pensioner targeted in distraction burglary

AN ELDERLY woman had her handbag stolen after a burglar made his way into her Church Hill home last week, despite her best efforts to challenge him.

The offender approached the 87-year-old at her house on Upper Field Close between 12.30pm and 1pm on July 29 and asked the victim about repairing a fence on the property.

Despite the victim’s best efforts to challenge him, the suspect entered her home and ran off with her handbag, which contained a large quantity of money.

The suspect is white and of thin build, around 40 to 50 years-old, with a thin face and a small dark moustache.

He was wearing a grey jumper, jeans and a multi-coloured woolly hat.

The incident comes just two days a similar distraction burglary which saw a conman steal money from a Webheath home on July 27 after gaining entry by offering gardening services to the 69-year-old resident.

The offender stole a container from the property on Fordbridge Close between 3pm and 3.30pm.

He is described as a slim white man in his 20s, with short dark hair and was wearing a florescent waistcoat and dark trousers.

Police would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed any suspicious activity in these location.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call police on 101, quoting either incident 053S of 27th July (Fordbridge Close) or Incident 0364S of 29th July (Upper Field Close).

Information can also be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers via 0800 555 111 or their website.

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