Distraction burglar stole purse from elderly woman’s home in Northamptonshire after claiming he would get her a safe

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A man burgled the home of an elderly woman in Northamptonshire while pretending to be doing insurance work for the local authority.

He knocked on the door of a home in Kettering Road North in Northampton between 1.15pm and 1.30pm on Friday, May 8, and said he was doing insurance work and needed to go in and check the windows.

The man then asked the elderly occupier what valuables she had in the house and said he would get her a safe, but then left with her purse.

He has been described as white, aged 45–50 with a stocky build. He had short, thinning, light-brown hair and a pale complexion. He wore a navy fleece with yellow writing on the left shoulder and dark trousers.

Anyone who saw anyone acting suspiciously or any suspicious vehicles in the area around the time of the incident, or anyone with information, is asked to call Northamptonshire Police on 101 or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Police have advised that anyone who has suspicions or concerns that distraction burglars or rogue doorstep traders are operating in their neighbourhood or targeting someone they know, can call 101 or the dedicated doorstep crime number on 0345 23 07 702. For Trading Standards advice, call 0845 404 0506. They are generally urging people to be vigilant and never to open the door to anyone they are not expecting.

For more crime prevention advice, visit www.northants.police.uk/lookout.