Distraction burglar preyed on elderly couple

Saturday, 30th September 2017

A MAN tricked his way into an elderly couple’s house in Burton and stole thousands of pounds from them is being tracked by the police.

Staffordshire Police are now looking for help from the public to identify them.

The offence took place at Birchfield Road, Burton, between 12.30pm and 1.30pm on September 9.

The offender knocked on the door of a couple in their 80s and pretended he was doing some gardening work for the property next door.

He took the couple into the garden and discussed clearing it for £300. The woman went upstairs to fetch the money. The offender took the couple back into the garden, re-entered the house and stole £8,000 to £10,000 from a wardrobe in the bedroom.

The man is described as aged approximately 50 years, of stocky build. He was wearing a dark coloured baseball cap, green jumper and a navy work type trousers.

EVfif of Suspect Distraction Burglary Burton The EVOfit image of the Suspect for the Distraction Burglary in Burton

Detective constable Kat Middleton, of Staffordshire Police, said: “This man has preyed on an elderly and vulnerable couple and we want your help to catch him. This was an abuse of trust and it has left the couple shaken.

“Please get in touch if you have any information about this incident.”

If you have any information please call Staffordshire Police on 101 referring to Incident number 335 of September 5 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.