Stotfold couple distressed after distraction burglars target home

A HUSBAND and wife have been left distressed after their home was targeted by distraction burglars.

The incident happened between 11am and 12.50pm at a house in Princes Street, Stotfold on June 22 when an offender knocked at the door claiming to be from the water board. The 84-year-old man allowed the offender into his property and he then carried out an ‘inspection’ while telling the victim and his wife that a water main had been illegally dug up in the area.

Two other offenders entered the property and had gone upstairs where they stole a substantial amount of money and numerous bank cards before the three left the house and drove off in a dark hatchback vehicle.

The three offenders were all white men and were smartly dressed in dark coloured suits with black ties and black shoes.

Detective Constable Barry Kibble, who is investigating the burglary, said: “These offenders appear to have deliberately picked on an elderly couple and taken advantage of them. The victim has been left extremely distressed by what has happened and we really need the public’s help in identifying the offenders.

“I’d like to hear from anyone who was in any of the areas at the time of this incident or anyone else who may have information – however small or insignificant they think it is – that could help us. Don’t dismiss your information as unimportant – even tiny details which don’t seem relevant now might become useful later on in the investigation.

“We would remind everyone to be extremely cautious about anyone calling at their home, to always use a spy hole and door chain and to insist on identification. If you are in any way suspicious, dial 999.”

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If you have information relating to this incident, contact DC Kibble, on 01234 275212, the non-emergency number 101, or text information to 07786 200011.

Alternatively contact Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111, or online at crimestoppers-uk.org