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Appeal following series of distraction thefts

November 1, 2017
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Officers are warning people to be vigilant after a series of distraction thefts targeting elderly people.

We have previously appealed for information following three incidents in Sutton-in-Ashfield on 10 August where a man asked people to change a note for coins and when they pulled out their wallets or purses he snatched the contents. The victims were two elderly women and an elderly man.

Officers are linking a further four incidents this month where a man of a similar description is reported to have scammed people.

On Saturday 28 October an 85-year-old man had money taken from him at an address in Carlton. The following day, also in Carlton, an 87-year-old woman managed to push a man away after he attempted to distract her; a member of the public then gave chase.

Two further incidents happened on 30 and 31 October, both with similar scenarios. In Ruddington, a 67-year-old woman fell victim after a man knocked on her car window. At a supermarket in Toton, a number of people were also approached under the same circumstances.

The man officers would like to speak to in connection with these incidents is white, aged between 27-40-years-old, 5ft 7ins -5ft 9ins and of a slim build with short dark hair. He is of Eastern European appearance and had an Eastern European accent. He wore a black/dark green jacket and black bottoms.

As well as information, we are also appealing to our communities to ensure that their elderly neighbours or relatives are aware of this type of scam.

Anyone who witnessed the thefts, or has any information, is asked to call us on 101 quoting incident number 371 of 28 October, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

101 is the number to call when you need to contact Nottinghamshire Police and it’s less urgent than a 999 call. Calls cost 15p, no matter how long the call lasts.