Rogue traders steal money during distraction burglary in Wellingborough

Police want to hear from anyone who may have been approached by cold callers offering to do guttering or similar work

By Stephanie Weaver
Thursday, 15th April 2021, 3:21 pm
Updated Thursday, 15th April 2021, 3:22 pm

Police are appealing for witnesses after two men carried out a distraction burglary in Winstanley Road, Wellingborough.

Between midday and 12.30pm on Tuesday, April 13, two males called at a house in the area and offered to clean the guttering of the house.

A spokesman for Northants Police said: "After cleaning the gutters, they’ve then told the occupant that his roof tiles require work.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the distraction burglary or anyone with information which may help with their investigation

"The occupant agreed to pay upfront, and as he went to get the cash, one of the offenders followed him.

"The offender then distracted the occupant telling him there was a leak, before stealing more money and leaving."

One of the offenders was white, 5ft 9-8in with short mousy brown hair and of a large build.

He wore blue jeans and a red top.

He was with another white male, who was 6ft and of a slim build with collar-length fair hair. They were using a white van.

Officers would like to hear from anyone who may have been approached by cold callers offering to do guttering or similar work, or who may have CCTV or doorbell footage of two males matching the above descriptions.

Witnesses or anyone with information about these incidents is asked to call Northamptonshire Police on 101 quoting reference numbers 21000202070 or 20000351440 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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