Distraction burglars prey on elderly pair

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Police are appealing for information after a distraction burglary took place yesterday (Tuesday) some time between 3.50pm and 4.30pm in the Dryden Street area of Kettering.

A man knocked on the back door of a property and informed the residents – an 81-year-old woman and an 88-year-old man – that he was a surveyor from the council.

He asked them to come out into the garden to discuss some work he was due to carry out.

While they were outside, a second man entered the property and removed an amount of cash.

The first offender was a white man, of heavy build and about 5ft 9in.

He wore a white polo t-shirt underneath a navy blue top, and a grey baseball cap with a blue peak.

The second offender was a white man who was shorter than the first offender.

Police are keen to speak to anyone who may have noticed two men or a vehicle acting suspiciously in the area.

A police spokesman said: “Unlike a burglary where an offender may use an opportunity to climb in through an open window, walk in through an unlocked open door or force their way into a property, distraction burglars (bogus callers) will use stories to trick their way into a home.

“Most callers at your home will be genuine.

“However those who engage in doorstep crime can be very convincing and persuasive in order to gain access to your property.

“Their aim is to steal money or valuables, or to offer overpriced trade services.

“The advice from police is if you are not sure, don’t open the door. Further crime prevention advice can be found by visiting the Doorstep Crime section on our website at www.northants.police.uk.”

Witnesses to this incident, or anyone with information about it, can call Northamptonshire Police on 101 or information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.