Hunt for distraction burglar who targeted 95-year-old woman in Northampton

An e-fit of a distraction burglar who tricked a 95-year-old woman in Northampton has been released by police.

Thursday, 21st April 2016, 9:49 am
Updated Thursday, 21st April 2016, 10:55 am
Efit produced by Northamptonshire Police

A spokesman for Northamptonshire Police said the incident happened in Banbury Lane, Rothersthorpe.

“A 95-year-old woman was distracted by a caller at the front door to her property, while an accomplice forced the side door and entered the house and stole her handbag.

“The incident happened shortly before 1pm on Saturday, April 16. The man in the e-fit initially attempted to force open the front door.

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“When the elderly victim went to the door, he then distracted her by speaking about the roof, while another offender came in through a side door and stole her handbag, which contained a quantity of cash,” he added.

“They both fled the scene when the victim heard a noise and disturbed the second offender.

“The offenders are believed to have left in a large white car.

“The first offender is described as, white, around 5ft ins tall, with a chubby face, and a very wide open mouthed grin showing teeth. He had a reddish complexion, was of stocky build and wearing a dark beanie hat with a dark jacket,” the spokesman added.

Anyone with information can contact Northamptonshire police on 101. Alternatively, they can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.