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Significant number of gold coins taken from elderley Harrogate woman in distraction burglary

11 October 2019

Police are investigating a distraction burglary in the Sherwood Drive area of Harrogate, the victim is an elderly woman.

It happened on Friday 11 October 2019 and Police have said a significant number of gold coins were taken.

  • Sherwood Drive area, off Hookstone Chase
  • At around 12pm, 11 October 2019
  • three men posing as roof repair men entered the victim’s home claiming she had ‘dodgy tiles’
  • and took a significant amount of gold coins
  • All three men are described as being in their 30s
  • One was very slim, short with dark hair and
  • the other two were wearing dark work clothing and tight fitting gloves

Police are requesting the public’s assistance to help establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident.

In particular, police are appealing for information about a white Vauxhall Astra van which had ladders on the roof which was seen in the area at the time.

Anyone with information or CCTV footage that could assist the investigation is asked to North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2, and ask for James Skaith 1523. You can also email

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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