Cramlington sneak-in burglaries

12 May 2016 14:50 PM

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Police in Cramlington are warning residents to be on their guard after three elderly residents fell victim to a sneak-in burglar.

The first incident happened at 9am on Wednesday, May 11, when a man walked into the kitchen of a home in the Cramlington area via an unlocked back door. The man spoke with the two elderly residents and asked for the phone number of a neighbour. Nothing was stolen and the man made off.

The second happened at 10.35am, also on Wednesday, May 11, at another Cramlington address when a man entered an elderly woman's house via the back door. The man claimed he was looking for a neighbour’s cat before making off.

Police are carrying out enquiries into the incidents and warning householders to be on their guard, to watch out for elderly and vulnerable residents and to report any suspicious people or vehicles to police.

Detective Sergeant, Jill Hall, from Northern CID, said: "Enquiries into both incidents are underway with officers in the area speaking to residents and offering reassurance.

"We believe the residents were targeted because of their vulnerability and we appeal to anyone who may have information to help to contact police straight away."

A 44-year-old man has been arrested and remains in police custody.

Anyone with information about this incident or knows of the two women should contact Northumberland Police on 101 quoting reference 386 11/05/16 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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