Man in his 80’s targeted in distraction burglary

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Police are appealing for witnesses and urging communities to report any suspicious behaviour in their neighbourhood following reports of a distraction burglary in Bury St Edmunds.

The incident occurred around lunchtime on Tuesday, 30 July, at a residence in Oliver Road.

The victim, a man in his 80s, answered the door to two women who claimed to be selling a care plan. Both women entered the home but did not show identification and stayed in the premises for approximately 15 minutes while they discussed setting up a care contract. During this time they did not produce any paperwork or ask the victim any personal details that might be required for such an application.

It was only after the women had left that the victim became aware his house and car keys were missing.

The victim has also reported his wallet, containing cash and cards, has since been stolen, which he believes may have occurred the following day, Wednesday 31 July, while he was at home.

The first suspect is described as white, in her 40s, with long, black hair. She was wearing jeans and a dark top.

The second suspect is described as white, in her 40s, with medium-length red hair. She was wearing jeans and a light top.

Police are reminding residents to keep an eye on their neighbours’ homes, particularly elderly neighbours who may be vulnerable to bogus callers or rogue traders.

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