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Appeal after distraction thieves target elderly man in Normanton

Posted on 27th April 2017
Normanton burglary - 17000163452

We are appealing for information after distraction thieves targeted an elderly man in Normanton.

At around midnight on Wednesday, April 19, two men broke into the home of a 78-year-old man on Riddings Street, Normanton.

Once inside the property, the men entered the victim’s room, with one purporting to be a police officer and the other a friend. One of the thieves, pretending to be a police officer, stayed and spoke to the victim, whilst the ‘friend’ went to make a drink.

The thief searched the bedrooms upstairs before both the men left. It is believed that a number of ornaments, similar to the above photograph, were stolen.

One of the men was described as white, aged in his mid-30s, with a full, short, black beard. He was around 5ft 8 to 5ft 9ins tall, of very slim build, with black short hair. He wore dark jeans, a black jacket, possibly leather, with a shirt underneath which was possibly chequered.

The second man was also white, aged in his mid-30s, and spoke with a foreign accent. He was of slim build, around the same height as the first man, and wore dark clothing. He was described as having a large chin, clean shaven, with short dark hair which was a bit curly.

Anyone with information about theft, or who may have been offered similar items for sale, is asked to contact DC Tina Green on 101, quoting occurrence number 17000163452.

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