Distraction burglary in South Shields
22 Dec 2016 09:18 AM[View Full Size]
Police are appealing for information after a distraction burglary in South Tyneside.
The incident happened at 6pm on Tuesday, December 20 in John Reid Road. A man called at the address and advised the victim there was an issue with the water supply.
He went into the address and while he was inside stole two purses.
The offender is described as white, around 30 years old, 5ft 7inches tall, stocky build, short neatly cut brown hair, fair complexion, clean shaven and was wearing a dark coat. He spoke with a local accent.
Officers are carrying out enquiries into the burglary and are appealing for information.
Any witnesses should ring Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference 124 211216 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Residents are advised to be on their guard to bogus callers and distraction burglars - if in doubt lock them out. Anyone concerned about a bogus caller should ring 101 immediately.