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Bogus official target partially sighted elderly woman in York

Detectives in York are investigating after a 93-year-old woman was targeted by a distraction burglar.

At around 1pm on Tuesday 19 July 2011 the victim, who is partially sighted, was followed into her home on Grant’s Avenue, off Heslington Road, by a man who claimed to be a council worker.

He stole a sum of cash from a living room drawer after telling the victim to wait in the kitchen.

When the suspect was disturbed, he took a small amount of cash from the elderly woman and made off in an unknown direction.

He is described as white, around 6ft tall, with a large build. At the time of the incident he was wearing a fawn-coloured jacket.

Officers are appealing for anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity in the area around the time of the incident to get in touch.

Detective Constable Bev Hodgson, of York CID, said: “Fortunately, the elderly lady was left unharmed on this occasion, but incidents of this nature are extremely unpleasant and deeply upsetting for the victims.

“I am appealing to anyone who can help locate the offender to contact the police or Crimestoppers with information as soon as possible.

“I would also urge all residents to be vigilant and keep an eye out for elderly residents or neighbours.”

Anyone who can help the police with their enquiries is urged to contact DC Bev Hodgson, of York CID, on 0845 60 60 24 7, quoting reference number 12110119864.

Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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