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Appeal for witnesses following distraction burglary - Nuneaton

Warwickshire Police is appealing for witnesses or information following a distraction burglary in Nuneaton on Friday (20 July).

At 2.05pm, a man knocked on the door of a property on Croft Road, telling the occupant he was collecting money for deaf and blind people.

The occupant, a woman in her eighties, agreed to make a donation and went to get her purse.

The man then asked if he could use the toilet and for a drink of water. Whilst the victim was looking for her purse, the offender took the purse and left the property.

The purse contained a quantity of cash and the victim also reported jewellery had been stolen from a bedroom.

The offender is described as a white man in his mid twenties, of a slim build, around 5' 6", clean shaven, with dark combed-back hair. He was wearing a long-sleeved white shirt, a dark-coloured narrow tie, dark slim-fitting trousers and a green-coloured lanyard around his neck. He was also believed to be holding a clipboard.

Police Staff Investigator Mark Linnett from Warwickshire Police said: "We are carrying out a thorough investigation and would urge residents to please remain vigilant of cold callers at the door and to not let them into the house, no matter how good their intentions may seem.

"We would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the offence or who may recognise the description of the offender. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Warwickshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 256 of 20 July.

"Please look out for elderly family or neighbours who may be more vulnerable to these offences, and if you are suspicious of a door knocker in any way, call police on 101 or 999 in an emergency."

Information can also be given anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111 or by visiting their website.

Warwickshire Police would like to remind residents to remain vigilant of unexpected visitors who may pretend to be on official business from a utility company or tradespeople calling to carry out urgent repairs. Please see further crime prevention advice here: https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/burglary

Issued: 9.10am, Tuesday 24 July, Holly Claydon-Bevan, Corporate Communications

Published 24/07/18