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policetapePolice are today appealing for information about an incident in Ryde where a burglar used a photograph of his ‘missing cat’ as an excuse for searching around in the gardens of a number of properties.

Early in the afternoon last Friday, a homeowner found a man snooping around in her garden in Great Preston Road, Oakfield. When comforted, the man explained how he was searching for his missing cat before producing a photograph of the black cat sat on a green sofa.

Only an hour after this come-together, a burglary was committed at a separate property in the area.

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Alan Tinsley of Surrey Street, Ryde has been charged with burglary and attempted burglary and will appear at the Isle of Wight Crown Court on 16th May.

Anyone with information 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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