E-fit released of distraction burglar who preyed on elderly man

Police investigating a distraction burglary in Crewe have released an e-fit of one of the suspects.

CID officers say at 11.30am on Tuesday 31st October, a man attended the 83-year-old victim's home on Carlisle Street and offered to clean his gutters. 

Later that day two men arrived to clean the gutters, and a second man asked to enter the address to mix some sealant to make a repair.

The victim led the man to the kitchen with the front door ajar. The man kept the victim talking and, whilst doing so, another person entered the address and stole a jewellery box and jewellery before fleeing the scene.

This man is described as white, of medium build with a brown/auburn close shaven beard, was in his early 30s and spoke with an east midlands accent.  He was wearing a dark grey peaked cap, a long sleeved grey top with a high-visibility jacket and grey trousers.

The incident happened between 1.40pm and 2.05pm.

Detective Constable Nigel Mills said: “This is an appalling incident where two men have targeted an elderly man in his own home. The jewellery is of sentimental value to the victim as it belonged to his recently deceased wife.

“We want to trace the men responsible and are asking people to cast their minds back to that day and if anyone can remember people going door-to-door or asking about gutters please get in touch with us on 101 quoting incident number 462 of 31/10/17, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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