Distraction burglars used water ruse to steal

DISTRACTION burglars struck twice at a sheltered housing court for elderly people in Loscoe.

The burglaries took place at Bellfield Court on Saturday and cash was stolen in both cases.

At 3.30pm a 93-year-old woman answered the door to a man claiming that a neighbour had been complaining about poor water flow. He said he wanted to check the water supply and the woman invited him in.

He went to the bathroom to run the taps. The woman eventually became suspicious and wanted him out. But after the man left she discovered that two purses, containing small amounts of cash, were missing. She also found drawers in the bedroom had been opened, but nothing else was taken.

The thief was described as a white man, about 5ft 4ins tall, with brown hair. He wore a white shirt, a black tie and a cream jumper.

At 3.50pm a 94-year-old man and his 93-year-old wife answered the door to a man in his 40s wearing a baseball cap and a light-coloured jumper. He asked to check the water and got the man to run the taps in the bathroom while his wife ran taps in the kitchen. While they were occupied a handbag containing cash was stolen.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.