Bogus social worker steals money from elderly woman in distraction burglary

Posted on 21st November 2014

A woman had cash stolen from her house by a distraction burglar who claimed to be from social services.

The 67-year-old victim was at home in Williamthorpe Road, North Wingfield, when she was visited on the afternoon of Thursday, November 20.

The offender claimed to be a social worker and was invited into the house, where she then asked for a glass of water and later went upstairs for a short time.

It was after the offender had left that the victim realised cash and a brooch had gone missing.

The cameo brooch was oval shaped, with a brown background and a white figure in the foreground. Cash was taken from a purse and drawer, while a money tin was also taken.

The offender was white, about 5ft, with dark, straight, shoulder length hair. She was wearing a black leather jacket, a cream jumper and black trousers.

Police investigating the offence want to hear from anyone who saw a woman matching that description in the area.

Residents are also reminded to be vigilant when receiving unexpected calls.

Make sure you check identification and do not to let anyone in if they are not sure who they are.

Genuine callers will not call unannounced, they will arrange an appointment or give written notice about work taking place.

If they are persistent or make you feel concerned or uncomfortable then please contact the police immediately.

Witnesses or anyone with information on the distraction burglary should call Derbyshire police on 101, quoting crime reference 49239/14.

You can also call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Do you need a quick answer to a general question? Then we recommend you visit the national Ask The Police web site.