Burglars used distraction techniques to steal from an elderly resident in Kettering

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Burglars who used distractions methods, such as charity fundraising, requesting to use the toilet and claiming to need assistance with a dog to steal from an elderly Kettering resident, are being searched for by police.

The burglary took place on Wednesday (June 3) between 3pm and 4pm when a young man knocked on the victim’s door in Mill Road and asked to use the toilet.

While he was there, a woman with a dog knocked and asked the elderly woman for assistance.

The victim then discovered her purse had been stolen shortly after they both left.

It is believed the man had also knocked on the door the previous day, claiming to be raising money for a bungee jump in aid of the British Heart Foundation.

He has been described as white and in his late teens, slim with wide shoulders and short brown hair.

He was about 5ft 6in and wore blue jeans, white trainers and a grey hooded top.

The woman who knocked at the door was white, in her mid-30s and slim with dirty fair hair tied back in a ponytail.

She was wearing beige trousers and a light coloured floral patterned top.

Police would like to speak to anyone else who may have been approached in this way, as well as anyone who may have witnessed this incident or have any information regarding it.

Witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.