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Spondon distraction burglar charged and remanded

Posted on 14th April 2011

A man arrested for a distraction burglary in Spondon has been charged and remanded in custody.

At 5.15pm Tuesday, April 5, a woman called police to say a man had tried to get into the house of her 82-year-old neighbour, in Leeway.

He knocked at the back door and told the victim he was selling aids to help disabled people. She asked to see identification but he did not have any. At this moment, the victim’s neighbour came round to the house and challenged the man, who left.

An 83-year-old woman, from Vancouver Avenue, called police at 5.30pm to report that a man had snatched her purse. He rang the doorbell and told her he was selling cleaning products. The woman fetched her purse to buy some items but the man snatched the purse and ran off.

Police searched the area and a PCSO saw a suspicious man and chased him along Cambridge Street and was arrested on Arnhem Terrace.

The man has been charged with attempted burglary, robbery and possession of cannabis.

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