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Appeal after distraction burglary in Sutton-in-Ashfield

December 3, 2019
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Police are appealing for witnesses and information and are urging residents to be vigilant after a distraction burglary in Sutton-in-Ashfield.

Our enquiries are ongoing after an 82-year-old man was targeted by two men yesterday evening (Monday 2 December 2019).

The victim had had a boiler legitimately installed earlier that day. About an hour later, between 5pm and 5.20pm, the two suspects knocked on the door of his home on Thompson Crescent.

The victim believed the men were from the same firm which had installed his boiler.

The suspects guided the victim back into his living room. One of the stayed with the victim while the other went through to the kitchen.

While the victim was distracted the suspects stole a quantity of cash and took his car keys.

After leaving the victim’s property they drove off in his car.

Detective Sergeant Lauren Morgan, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: "We’re appealing for anyone who saw anything or who has any information about this burglary or the two suspects to please get in touch with us.

"The victim had his boiler fitted that day and thought these two men had come to his home to check on it.

"It may have been that these men were hanging around in the area when the victim’s boiler was being installed and they used that as a means of tricking their way into his home.

"The suspects are both white, believed to be aged in their 20s, about 6ft tall and of slight build. They were wearing coats with black hoods.

"We’d like to hear from anyone who recognises the suspects from the description or who has any information which could help us with our enquiries.

"If you have any information please call Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 677 of 2 December 2019, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

DS Morgan added: "Distraction burglars often prey on our most vulnerable residents, tricking their way into homes by making up stories, by pretending to work for an official company or asking for help to try to gain entry.

"We want to remind people to be on their guard, especially if someone you’re not expecting – a man, woman or even a child – knocks on your door.

"Don't allow anyone without valid identification access to your home and, if you're unsure, don't let them in. Keep the chain on the door while talking to them and check with the company that the person is purporting to be from.

"Our advice is always to say no to cold-callers and to report any suspicious activity to police immediately.

"Residents, particularly the elderly and those who live alone, should remain vigilant and ensure that their home is secure at all times.

"We’d also urge those who know people who are potentially at risk, to advise them of the signs, remind them to not let in unexpected callers and what to do if they are targeted."

For more advice on home security visit: https://www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/document/advice-home

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