Distraction burglary in North Shields

05 Oct 2016 10:42 AM

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Police are advising residents to be on their guard following a distraction burglary in North Shields.

On Tuesday, October 4 at approximately 2pm a man entered the unlocked home of an elderly resident in the town centre claiming to be a gardener. He offered to do some work but when he was refused, asked to use the toilet instead. The elderly resident agreed and he went upstairs and left a short time later. At this stage it's not clear if anything has been stolen.

Officers are investigating and carrying out house to house enquiries in the area.

The offender is described as white, aged 19-25 years old, approximately 5 feet 5" tall, slim build, with short brown hair. He was wearing a dark brown jumper and dark trousers.

Neighbourhood Inspector Martin Brooks said: "We want to remind residents to make sure they keep their property securely locked, even when they are at home, to prevent anyone simply walking into their home. We're asking people to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity where they live.

"Please bear in mind that callers who turn-up unannounced, whether they're claiming to be carrying out work or selling something, should always be treated with caution.

"We would also like to ask members of the community to look out for elderly or vulnerable neighbours who could be victims of this type of crime and report any suspicious people or vehicles they see in their community to police. If in doubt contact officers."

To report any information about the incident contact Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference 717 04/10/16 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.