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Cash stolen during distraction burglary in Taunton by men claiming to be checking appliances

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Cash was stolen from the house of a pensioner during a distraction burglary in Taunton.

The incident happened at a property on a residential street near Rowan Drive at about 10.30am on Friday 6 May.

Three men arrived at the property claiming they were there to check the victim’s kitchen appliances. While one of the men was in the property, they discussed other home improvements the house required and the victim was asked to hand over a quantity of cash for work they would arrange for him.

The victim was distracted as two of the men had a ladder outside his house and while his attention was diverted, the man in the house took the money he could get his hands on and left telling the victim not to follow them, at which point he realised what had happened.

One of the offenders is described as male, mid-40s with dark hair and a West Country accent.

If you receive a cold caller, we recommend you ask to see identification if you are not expecting them. If they are who they claim to be, they will not object and understand your caution.

There is also nothing wrong with saying you would not expecting them and will call the company, using the number they advertise online or in a directory, to arrange an appointment.

We’d ask anyone else who has experienced something similar in the area to get in touch.

If you can help, please call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5222108396, or complete our online appeals form.

You can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their Anonymous Online Form.

No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court or have to speak to police when contacting Crimestoppers.