Police appeal following Nelson 'distraction' burglary on Hallowe'en

CCTV of the suspect
CCTV of the suspect

Police are appealing for information following a distraction burglary in Nelson last week.

It is reported to have happened at 5-40pm on October 31st when a man in his 90s answered a knock on his door in Camden Street. On opening the door, two unknown men started a conversation and followed him into his house.

As they walked, the man’s wallet was removed from his back pocket. The men also picked up a pair of keys from a nearby table.

The men started to leave the address, with the victim following them asking for his wallet back. The men shut the front door and locked it from the outside with the stolen keys, before posting them through the letterbox. His wallet was stolen as well as money from his mantelpiece.

Police are now appealing for witnesses who may have seen suspicious activity in the area, or who may have been approached themselves.

PC Peter Chattle said: “Do you recognise the men in the CCTV? Following enquiries we want to speak to them in connection with our investigation.

“Distraction burglars often prey on our most vulnerable residents. Our advice is always to say no to cold-callers and to report any suspicious activity to police immediately.

“Residents, particularly the elderly and those who live alone, should remain vigilant and ensure that their home is secure at all times. Don’t allow anyone without valid identification access to your home and if you’re unsure, don’t let them in and keep the chain on the door whilst talking to them.

“We’d also urge those who know people who are potentially at risk, to advise them of the signs and what to do if they are targeted.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting log number 1087 of 31 October.

Alternatively independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111