Police hunt ‘sneak thief’ who targeted pensioner

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Police in Burnley are hunting a thief who followed a 71-year-old man into his house and stole his wallet.

The incident happened on Monday between 5-50 and 7 p.m. at Wood Top sheltered housing complex in Harcourt Street. The victim was returning to his home when he was followed into the building. When the pensioner went into the wash room, the thief sneaked into his flat and made off with a wallet containing £59 in cash and a rail card.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Burnley police on 01282 425001 or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.