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Call For Vigilance Following Warrington Distraction Burglary

Warrington officers are urging residents to be vigilant after distraction burglars targeted a vulnerable resident in Longford.

Sometime between 2.30pm and 3pm on Tuesday 12 March an unknown man knocked at a house in Keswick Crescent and told the occupant, an elderly woman, that he was a builder.

The man added that he wanted to speak to her about cavity wall insulation and asked if he and his colleague could go inside the house.

The woman allowed the men into her home and the pair spoke to her about work they claimed to be required.
They then stated that 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 the news the two suspects fled the scene.

A short time later the victim’s son and granddaughter attended the address and discovered that the men had conducted an untidy search of the property and stolen a number of items, including jewellery and bank statements.

The man who knocked on the door is described as white, aged approximately in his mid-30s and around 5’ 8” tall with a proportionate build.

He had short fair hair and was wearing a beige jacket, a dark shirt and dark trousers.

Police Constable 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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