Distraction burglary appeal: Tamworth

Officers are appealing for information following a distraction burglary in Tamworth.

The incident occurred at around 2.30pm on Friday 22 January in the Glascote area of Tamworth.

A man tricked an elderly lady into handing over a large sum of money after claiming he had carried out work for her neighbour and she was responsible for part payment. He followed her into her property and demanded that she pay him in cash. After further distracting her, he has then gone on to steal more money from the property.

The man is described as white, with a large build, aged in his 50’s and was wearing brown clothes. He was seen in the area driving a silver coloured Flat bed type van with blacked out back windows.

If you recognise the description of the man or the vehicle, or if you think you may have been a victim to this man in similar circumstances, officers are keen to hear from you.

Chief Inspector Steve Smith, Commander of Tamworth Local Policing Team (LPT), said:

“If you’re contacted out of the blue by a company/charity then be on your guard and do not get drawn into accepting a service you never sought. Likewise, if a cold caller knocks on your door, don’t let them in and don’t be afraid to ask for ID so you can check and verify who they are with the company themselves. Call the police on 101 if you are suspicious and please remind elderly neighbours and family so they can avoid becoming a victim”.

Anyone with any information on the incident is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 417 of 22 January.

Alternatively, they can contact independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at

http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

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