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Brazen burglar swipes purse after convincing 90-year-old householder there were trespassers in her garden

Brazen burglar swipes purse after convincing 90-year-old householder there were trespassers in her garden

James Preston

A brazen burglar gained access to a 90-year-old woman’s house by convincing her there were trespassers in her garden.

Thames Valley Police is appealing for information after a man knocked on the woman’s door in Ruddlesway in Windsor between 7.30pm and 7.45pm on Wednesday.

He told her there were intruders in her garden and asked if he could come in to her house to get rid of them.

The woman, believing the man was neighbour, allowed him in.

He left the house shortly afterwards, before the victim realised her purse, which contained money, a bank card and a small brown notebook, had been stolen.

The man is described as white, in his forties, with grey hair and of average height and build.

He was wearing a navy-coloured tracksuit with orange markings on the shoulder.

It is believed he fled the scene is a silver vehicle.

Investigating officer, Det Con Emily Evans of Force CID said: “I would appeal to anyone with any information about this offence to contact me immediately via the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101.

“Perhaps you saw a silver vehicle in the area, or you recognise the description of the offender. If you do then please contact the force as your information could help bring the perpetrator to justice.

“If you don't want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.”

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