Police appeal after three more distraction burglaries

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Police are encouraging elderly residents to remain vigilant and relatives and neighbours to be on the lookout after three further distraction burglaries in Pendle were reported.

A white male in his 30s, described as convincing, wearing work type clothing and a high visibility jacket is suspected of these offences and a distraction burglary at a house in Breeze Close, Foulridge last Wednesday, when a purse, cash and cards were stolen.

The latest three distraction burglaries targeting elderly residents saw cash and cards stolen from a house in Birtwistle Avenue in Colne at approximately 3pm on Wednesday.

A Seiko watch, cash and cards were taken from a house in Colne Road, Kelbrook, between 12-30pm and 2pm on Friday and a purse, cash and cards were stolen from a house in Cook House Road, Colne, between Wednesday and Saturday.

Police say the suspect wears an ID badge and tells the homeowners he is calling to check plug sockets.

Sgt Kim De Curtis said: “We still need to look out for the elderly and vulnerable. Please encourage your elderly family members and friends not to let people in who they are not expecting.

“Keep telephone numbers obtained from the Internet or phone book handy so that if someone does call with a ID badge they can shut the door on them and make a call to check.

“Our advice is, if you’re not expecting anyone do not answer the door. If you are expecting them, check ID by calling your handy number or arrange a password when booking an appointment.”

Anybody with any information on the above crimes or who has seen anything suspicious should call police on 101 or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.