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Police hunt distraction burglar in York


5:12pm 18th March 2011

Detectives in York are appealing for witnesses following distraction burglaries in the city.

The first incident occurred at an address on Spalding Avenue at approximately 2pm on Thursday 17th March.

Two men offered to carry out repairs to the guttering and ridge tiles.

One of the men had entered the house and been handed a sum of money which he said he would count while the woman checked on her husband.

The thief then left the property with the money, before carrying out any work.

The second theft took place at approximately 3.45pm on Bracken Road when a man approached an elderly man at his home and after a short conversation claimed he was from a company the homeowner had asked to do some roof work.

However, when the man checked that the caller was there legitimately, the bogus caller left.

It was only after his departure that the man realised that several hundred pounds had been stolen.

An attempted burglary took place on Greencroft Lane in Dunnington at just after 1pm when a man asked the homeowner if they wanted any work doing.

The caller did not enter the house and left empty handed.

The man involved in all three incidents is described as being white, around 5ft 8in tall with a stocky to large build and dark hair.

It is possible that he was driving a silver or light coloured car.

The only description of the second man, seen at the Spalding Avenue incident, is that he is white.

Detective Constable Tom Hoban, of York CID, said:

“I believe that the same man is responsible for each of these incidents.

“Targeting the elderly members of our communities, who can sometimes be vulnerable, is a despicable and shameful crime.

“I urge anyone who can identify this man, or has any information that could help me to trace him, to contact the police or Crimestoppers as soon as possible."

DC Hoban added:

“Please can I remind homeowners not to allow cold callers into their homes. If you do need any work doing, either get their details from a reputable source or better still, by personal recommendation.”

If you can assist with this enquiry please contact DC Tom Hoban at York Police Station on 0845 60 60 24 7 quoting reference number 12110042490.

Or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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