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Selby Police Investigate as Burglar Breaks into OAP's Home


10:58am 2nd June 2014

Selby police are appealing for information after an elderly man disturbed a burglar in his home in Byram.

At around 3pm on Sunday 1 June 2014, the suspect entered the victim’s Sutton Lane property through an unlocked door and took a mobile phone.

The victim, who is aged in his 70s, was asleep in a chair at the time, but woke to find the burglar in his home.

The suspect claimed to be looking for scrap when asked what he was doing.

PC Nicola Gill of Selby Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “The elderly victim was startled to find a stranger in his front room and very shaken up by what happened.

“Targeting elderly and vulnerable people in this way is appalling. I am appealing to people who were in the area at the time, to anyone who recognises the suspect from the description and to anyone who has any information about the incident, to contact the police. “

The suspect is described as white, aged in his early 20s, around 5ft 7in tall, of slim build with light coloured short hair. He spoke with a local accent.

Anyone who has any information is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for PC Nicola Gill.

Or email Nicola.gill@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Please quote reference 12140088282 when passing on information about this crime.

Officers have increased patrols in the area and are urging members of the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious people or vehicles in their neighbourhood, particularly those calling at the homes of elderly people.  

They are also urging residents to ensure they lock their front and back doors, even when they are at home to prevent opportunist, sneak-in burglars.

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