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Appeal after safe stolen from pensioner's home - Winterbourne

Added on 16 April 2018 at 12:47

We're appealing for help after a safe containing a gold coin, a small amount of cash, personal papers and bank and loyalty cards was stolen in a distraction burglary at a pensioner's home in Winterbourne.

It happened between 8pm and 8.15pm on Tuesday 20 March. The 75-year-old man answered the door to a man who claimed to be dealing with a burst water pipe and asked to come in to make checks.

While the householder was distracted, a second man is believed to have entered the house unseen and stolen the safe.

Image of a man in a hat

The man who called at the door was described as white, aged about 30, of ‘tubby’ build, clean shaven and wearing a grey woollen hat and a high-vis jacket.

We're keen to identify the man pictured, who was in the area at the time.

Anyone with any information which could help the investigation is asked to get in touch online, or by calling 101, quoting reference 5218060313.

Alternatively ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They never ask your name or trace your call.

Doorstep crime prevention advice:
• always use a chain or spy hole to deal with an unexpected caller
• remember, if you’re not sure, don’t open the door
• if you are suspicious of a caller ring 999 straight away
• keep your cash in the bank, not at home
• keep windows and doors secured if you’re not in the room
• if you see someone calling door-to-door, but only on frail or elderly neighbours, call 999 straight away
• join Neighbourhood Watch
nominate a neighbour to help you deal with unexpected callers