Officers from Hampshire Constabulary are this week appealing for information after a 91-year-old woman was the victim of a distraction burglary in Godshill.
A man entered her home on Godshill High Street between 13:15 and 13:45 last Wednesday (10th July) and stole jewellery and ornaments.
The woman was not assaulted or injured.
A suspect was described as male, aged in his 30s with a reddish face (possibly sunburnt) at around 5 ft 10 ins to 5 ft 11 ins tall. He was of average build, clean shaven and has well-kept dark hair. He was wearing a jacket with a white shirt underneath, unbuttoned at the collar, trousers and black shiny shoes. He spoke with a Southern English accent.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Katy Lee said:
“We are seeking witnesses to this burglary or anyone with knowledge about the suspect’s identity. This man is believed to have been handing out leaflets in the Godshill area and spoke to the victim about wanting to buy jewellery. It is believed that when he left the victim’s house he walked in the direction of Godshill village.
“This is a rare occurrence for the Isle of Wight, however residents are reminded to remain vigilant. Please ensure that you do not let any strangers into your house. Always ask people for identification, and if you are still unsure contact the police.”
Should anyone have seen a man matching this description please can they contact DC Katy Lee at Newport CID. Anyone with information can contact police by phoning 101. Information can be given via the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111 if you wish to remain anonymous.