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THIS is the man Solihull police are looking for in connection with two distraction burglaries involving an elderly Solihull woman.

THIS is the man Solihull police are looking for in connection with two distraction burglaries involving an elderly Solihull woman.

The thief, who pretended to be a window cleaner, has struck twice at the home of the 93-year-old.

The man, who is in his 40s, first burgled the pensioner on Sunday March 15 at around 3.55pm, when he was allowed into the victim’s home after saying he was a window cleaner. He went on to steal the woman’s purse.

The frightened Stratford Road resident was then targeted by the bogus window cleaner a second time on Monday July 6 between 3.40 and 4pm.

However the woman screamed on recognising the thief and he ran off. She was not injured.

The offender is white, of medium build, approximately 5’5” in height and on his last “visit” to the house he was wearing a blue woolly jumper and jeans.

Police are urging people, particularly the elderly, always to be wary of “cold call” callers without identification purporting to be from the police, gas, water, electricity, window cleaning or household repair companies.

Sergeant Andy O’Keeffe , based at Solihull police station, said: “If in doubt, do not let strangers into your home and do not part with any money.

“There is an inextricable link between rogue traders and distraction burglary, where offenders con their way into people’s homes to steal from them.

“Offences such as these are thankfully very rare and I would urge the public not to be afraid in their homes. However I would ask people to remain aware that offences like this do occur and to be vigilant”.

Police are asking anyone with information to call CID at Solihull police station on: 0845 113 5000.

 

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