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Distraction Burglary in Merrow – Witnesses Sought

Published on: 10 Apr, 2013
Updated on: 11 Apr, 2013

Surrey Police BadgeAn 84-year-old  man had his wallet stolen in a distraction burglary in Merrow on Thursday, April 4th. The police are appealing for witnesses.

A woman went to the address in Merrow Woods and managed to con her way into the senior citizen’s house by saying her car had broken down and that she needed some water. The victim went to get the water and when he came back, the woman had disappeared.

He later realised his wallet, containing cash and cards, was missing.

The female suspect is described as white, in her 20s, between 5ft 6 and 5 ft 7 tall, of slight build with shoulder-length dark hair and was wearing a white tracksuit-style jacket with green or blue flashing.

It is believed she was with a man just before the theft took place. He is described as white, in his mid to late 30s, between 5ft 6 and 5ft 7 tall, of a slight build with dark, short, thinning hair and was wearing black clothing and blue or green trainers.

Detective Constable Andy Greaves, who is investigating the incident, said: “Pretending your car has broken down and you need hot water is a classic ruse which, unfortunately, on this occasion the elderly victim fell for.

“We do have good descriptions of the two suspects involved in this despicable offence and we are hoping to be able to identify those who are responsible. In the meantime, we are appealing to anyone with any information to come forward as soon as possible to help us progress our enquiries.”

If you can help, please contact Surrey Police on 101, quoting crime reference number GD/13/2697 or, if you prefer to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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