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Distraction burglary – Police release image of suspect

Warwickshire Police have released an image of a man they wish to speak to in connection with a distraction burglary that occurred on Friday 28th August at a home off Railway Terrace in Rugby.

The home of an 80-year-old woman was entered by an unknown man who forced his way through her front door as she opened it. Once inside he stole her handbag, house phone, mobile phone and demanded money. The offender then took the victims house keys and locked her inside her property when he left.

Police wish to speak to the man pictured as he may have vital information which could assist with enquiries.

Anyone who recognises the man pictured, or has any information which could assist officers, is urged to call police on 101, quoting incident 373 of 28th August.

Alternatively, information can be given anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111 or via their website: Crimestoppers UK

To protect yourself from distraction burglary:

•    beware of anyone who says they are in a hurry – if in doubt, call a neighbour or friend

•    check to see who is at the door by using your door viewer, or looking through a front window

•    always put the chain on before you open the door as this is a barrier against unwanted callers

•    if you’re still unsure about answering your door to an unknown person, ask the caller to come back later so that you can arrange for a friend or relative to be present.