Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Morecambe police hunt handbag thief who targeted elderly couple

Police are appealing for information after a man targeted the home of an elderly couple and stole a woman’s handbag in Morecambe.

The burglary took place around 12.15pm on Monday 4th November when a man knocked at an address on Carleton Street and asked the occupants if they require any odd jobs being completed.

Upon being allowed entry into the house, the man discussed things with the couple that may need fixing before stealing a handbag from the dining room and leaving.

The man is described as being white; 6ft tall and heavy build. He is aged between 50 and 55 with dark hair and a tanned complexion, possibly with a moustache. He spoke with a foreign accent and was wearing a ¾ length dark brown leather jacket.

Detective Sergeant Fiona Jackson from Morecambe CID said: “I would appeal to anyone who has seen a man matching this description in the area, or other people who may have also been cold called by this man, or anyone who thinks they may know the offender to contact police.

“This is a callous crime against a couple aged in their 80’s in their own home. I would reassure people that an investigation is underway but we would welcome any information from the public.

Anyone with any information about this incident should contact Lancashire Police on 101.

The stolen handbag is dark blue leather with a damaged strap. It contained the victim’s shopping money, mobile phone and bank cards.

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