Saturday, 2 March 2013

93-year-old Morecambe man robbed in "distraction burglary"

Detectives are appealing for information after a 93-year-old man was robbed in a distraction burglary at his Morecambe home.

The theft happend on Tuesday 26th February between 1.55pm and 2.20pm, when a man called at the elderly gentleman’s home on Lichfield Avenue.

The 93-year-old mistook the man for someone he knew and invited him in and, once inside, when the man was distracted, the offender went into the rear bedroom, searched a wardrobe and took a wallet containing cash and a debit card before leaving the property.

The offender is described as white, of slim build, with short, light brown hair, aged approximately 20-25 years old. He had drawn features and was wearing a jumper with a lightweight jacket over the top.

Detective Inspector Gareth Willis said: “If anybody has any information about this burglary I would urge them to contact police. Did you see anyone acting suspicious in the area at the time, or know who would match description? If so please come forward.

“I would also like to take the opportunity to urge people to be vigilant and always ask people who ask to enter your home to show some ID. If you’re unsure then don’t let them in.”

Anybody with any information can contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.


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