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83-YEAR-OLD VICTIM OF DISTRACTION BURGLARY

policetapePolice are today continuing their appeal for information after a 83-year-old man fell victim to a distraction burglar.

The man was sat outside his home in Southfield Gardens, Ryde when he was approached by a woman who asked to use a toilet.  He let her in and remained outside, but discovered after she had gone that £272 in cash had been taken from inside the house.

The incident occurred on Wednesday 10th April between 11:00 to 11:30am.

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The suspect is described as a white woman, aged about 50 to 60 years, thin build and wearing trousers.

Detective Constable Julia Steele said: “Distraction burglaries are rare in these areas and we are reminding local residents to ensure their properties are left secure at all times, and to remember that you have the right to refuse entry to any uninvited visitors. Always ask for identification, and if you are still unsure you can call the police.”

Anyone with information or who may have seen someone acting suspiciously in the area can contact Newport CID by phoning 101. Information can be given anonymously by phoning the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

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