Cash and bank cards stolen in Shipston-on-Stour distraction burglary

A man in his nineties was the victim of a distraction burglary in Shipston-on-Stour last Friday.
A man in his nineties was the victim of a distraction burglary in Shipston-on-Stour last Friday.

Warwickshire Police is appealing for witnesses after a distraction burglary in Shipston-on-Stour.

It happened between 11.30am and 1.30pm last Friday in Furze Hill but reported the following day on Saturday, February 14. A man claiming to be a heating engineer went to the property of a man in his nineties.

The pensioner let the man into his property where he remained for about an hour and went into a number of rooms. He did leave on one occasion but returned.

He did not appear to have a vehicle, although a dark-coloured car was seen by the occupant parked nearby.

It was later discovered that a handbag containing cash and bank cards was missing from a downstairs toilet, and an unknown quantity of jewellery from a secure safe.

The man is described as being white, aged in his 40’s and of medium build. He was between 5ft 5ins and 5ft 6ins tall and is described as well groomed with dark coloured hair. He had no distinguishing accent and wore dark trousers, light coloured shirt and dark tie. He carried no tools or paperwork during his visit and showed no ID to the householders.

He appeared to have some knowledge of the heating system used at the property.

Officers investigating the incident would like to hear from anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area on Friday morning or recognises the description of the alleged offender.

Investigating officer Keith Duncan said: “This is another example of vulnerable people putting their trust in others and becoming victims as a result.

“Once again we would urge householders not to let anyone into their home unless they are sure that they are genuine. It is not always easy, of course, and some callers are very persuasive and put elderly and vulnerable people under pressure.

“If you think a bogus caller has called at your door, report it to the police immediately - dial 999 and tell them what has happened, with a description of the offender so that others can be made aware.

“The earlier the police know that bogus callers are working in the area, the quicker they can investigate and the better chance we have of bringing the offenders to justice.”

Anyone with information should call Warwickshire Police on 101 quoting incident 146 of February 14.