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Heartless burglars steal jewellery from elderly woman


HEARTLESS burglars duped their way into an elderly woman’s home at Warrington and stole jewellery and bank documents.
They only left when their victim received a phone call from her granddaughter telling her she was on her way to visit.
But for that, they might have stolen even more property.
Police today revealed that the offence in Keswick Crescent, Longford, occurred on Tuesday (March 12).
Between 2.30pm and 3pm, an unknown man knocked on the victim’s door claiming to be a builder. He claimed to want to discuss cavity wall insulation and asked if he and a colleague could go inside the house.
The woman allowed the men into her home and the pair spoke to her about work they claimed was needed. They then said they needed to have a look around the property.
While the pair were looking around the address the victim received a call from her granddaughter who said she was coming to visit. After hearing this news the two men fled the scene.
A short time later the victim’s son and granddaughter attended the address and discovered the men had ransacked the property and stolen a number of items, including jewellery and bank statements.
The man who knocked on the door was in his mid-30s and about 5ft 8 inches tall, and of proportionate build. He had short fair hair and was wearing a beige jacket, a dark shirt and dark trousers.
PC Sonya Kheir said: “Distraction burglaries are despicable crimes which target the most vulnerable people in our community and we are committed to doing all we can to trace those responsible and bring them to justice.
“Enquiries in relation to this incident are ongoing and we are currently following a number of lines of enquiry, including speaking to residents and forensics.
“As part of the investigation I am keen to hear from anyone who was in the area and saw anything that may be relevant to our investigation.
“I also want to speak to anyone who recognises the description of the suspect and thinks they may know who he is.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to remind residents to be vigilant of anyone who comes to your door offering to carry out work and to urge people to report any suspicious activity to us immediately on 101.”
Anyone with information in relation to the incident is asked to call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, quoting IML 345222. Information can also be reported online at https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries or anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.


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