Cambridgeshire man’s wallet – containing £200 – stolen in distraction home burglary after thief claimed ‘he was there to do some gardening’

PUBLISHED: 17:26 12 June 2018 | UPDATED: 17:32 12 June 2018

A Cambridgeshire man, in his 60s, has had his wallet – containing £200 – stolen by distraction burglars in Soham today (June 12). PHOTO: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/PA Images

A Cambridgeshire man, in his 60s, has had his wallet – containing £200 – stolen by distraction burglars in Soham today (June 12). PHOTO: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/PA Images

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A Soham man was robbed of £200 today after becoming the victim of a distraction burglary.

Police say, to reduce the risk of becoming the victim of a distraction burglar, always remember:

• LOCK - Is your back door locked? If not, lock it before you answer the front door as distraction burglars often work in pairs - one distracts, while the other steals

• STOP - Are you expecting anybody?

• CHAIN - Put this on before you open the door. If you have not got one, it is a worthwhile investment. It will give you that extra ‘safe space’ and barrier between you and the caller and then,

• CHECK - Ask for their identification card, take it and look at it carefully. Close the door and check the number in the phone book - not the number on the card. If they are genuine they will not mind waiting or coming back another day.

The man, in his 60s, answered the door of his home in Station Road to a man claiming he was there “to do some gardening”.

Whilst the victim was kept chatting a second man entered the house through the front door and stole a wallet containing £200.

PC Andy Waters said: “I urge anybody who was in the area at the time and saw anything suspicious to contact us as a matter of urgency.”

Police have issued a description of the men involved in attempt to locate them, a police spokesman said: “The first man, who distracted the victim, is described as 5‘4”, with olive skin, short dark hair and a moustache, and wore a blue hat, white jeans and a t-shirt.

“The second man, who stole the wallet, is described as 5’10”, white, with dark blond / ginger hair and a beard, and wore a green three-quarter-length coat.”

Anyone with information regarding this incident should call police on 101 quoting CC-12062018-0151 or visit: www.cambs.police.uk/report

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111 or via: www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

Anyone with information regarding this incident should call police on 101 quoting CC-12062018-0151 or visit: www.cambs.police.uk/report

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111 or via: www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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