E-fit of suspect in distraction burglary
10:07am 5th March 2012
Police investigating a distraction burglary in which a 75-year-old Selby woman was targeted have released an e-fit of the suspect.
He is described as white, aged in his mid-thirties, approximately 5ft 6in in height. He is of stocky build with broad shoulders with a round, chubby face and dark collar length hair.
He was wearing a blue checked shirt or jacket at the time of the offence which took place at around 3pm on Wednesday 29 February 2012.
The suspect called at the woman’s home in D’Arcy Road in Selby , he claimed to be from the water board and needed to be inside her home.
Once inside the house, he asked her to turn on the taps in the bathroom and keep an eye on them, he then asked her to empty some bowls form under the sink. Following the incident, the woman discovered an amount of cash had been taken from her home.
Police are appealing for anyone who recognises the man from the e-fit or saw a man matching his description in the area of D’Arcy Road, Selby last Wednesday to contact them.
Anyone else who has any other information which could help the investigation is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police.
Investigating officer, DC Carol Kirk of Selby CID, said:
“This burglary has left the victim considerably shaken up and she is finding it hard to cope with what happened. I am appealing to members of the public to help us catch this man before he targets any more elderly people.
“Anyone who knows anything or recognises the man from the e-fit, please contact us as a matter of urgency.
“Targeting elderly people in this way is one the most deplorable and cowardly crimes we have to deal with. Elderly people are often very trusting and these criminals prey on this, taking advantage of their polite and trusting nature.”
DC Kirk reiterated police advice to residents when dealing with cold callers, she said:
“I urge residents not to allow anyone into their home who they are not expecting or are unsure who they are. You can ask them to wait outside while you check their identity with the company they claim to be from. A genuine caller will be happy to wait. But if you are not sure, simply do not answer the door.
“I am also appealing to relatives and neighbours of elderly people to convince them that it is not impolite to refuse to allow anyone into their home. If they are not sure who is at the door, please do not open it. “
Anyone with any information is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Selby CID.
If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
More information about bogus callers is available on the North Yorkshire Police website just click here.
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