Money stolen in distraction burglary in Chipping Norton

Thames Valley Police
Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after an elderly man fell victim to a distraction burglary on West Street, Chipping Norton.

A door-to-door sales man visited the victim on Sunday, June 6selling cleaning products and garden equipment. At 4pm on Monday, June 2 the victim was visited again by two different men selling the same items, one asked to use the toilet, the occupant let him in.

The offender then stole an amount of cash from the kitchen and the victim’s passport.

The first salesman, a white man, about 30 years old, around 5ft 8ins tall. He wore a blue cap, grey trousers and dark leather jacket.

The two subsequent men who stole from the victim are described as following: the first was a white man, in his late 30s around 6ft, he had short straight dark hair and wore grey trousers and a blue jacket.

The second was a white man, around 30, with straight dark hair, he wore black trousers and a black top.

PC Steven Bates from Witney police station said: “We are appealing for any witnesses that may have seen these men going door to door in the Chipping Norton area or any suspicious behavior or activity, please contact me through the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101.”

Those who do not want to speak directly to the police, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.