Crook distracted elderly victim by asking to retrieve a ball while accomplice raided her home


One half of a burglary duo distracted an elderly victim by asking to retrieve a ball from the back garden while his accomplice sneaked into her home.

Crooks, who struck at around 6pm on Tuesday, escaped with a purse and £300 in cash from the house in Godwin Way, Bromham.

The man who asked the victim, aged in her 70s, if he could get the ball is described as white, in his teens or early 20s, around 5ft 3in to 5ft 4in tall with dark curly hair. He was wearing a grey jacket, jeans and trainers.

Det Con Matt Inwood said: “These type of offences are the lowest of the low as the elderly victim was duped into leaving her home open to burglars.

“I am keen to speak to anyone who knows of someone matching the given description or who knows anything about this incident.

“We will do all in our power to trace those who carried out these callous, calculated acts.”

Anyone with information can contact Det Con Inwood via 101, alternatively call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Police are urging people to deter bogus callers by verifying the person’s identification before fully opening the door. If in doubt, do not let the person in.

Handbags, wallets, cash along with door keys and car keys should never be left in a prominent position or in the view of windows.