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Appeal for information following a distraction burglary in Finchampstead

Alert message sent 31/07/2019 11:10:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

Between 1pm and 1.30pm on Monday (29/7) the victim, an elderly man, answered his front door to a man stating he needed to lay pipes across his driveway on Nine Mile Ride near to Johnson Drive.

Whilst distracted, another offender has entered the property and stolen personal belongings.

One of the offenders is described as a white man, in his late thirties to early forties, around 5ft 7ins tall, stocky build with dark hair. He was wearing a long sleeved fleece, dark bottoms and footwear. He had a strong Irish accent.

Anyone with information should report the details on the Thames Valley Police website quoting reference 43190232281.

Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

You can reduce the risk of becoming a victim as follows:

- Before you answer, stop and think if you are expecting anyone. 
- Check that you have locked the back door and taken the key out. 
- Look through a spy hole or window to see who it is. 
- You can choose not to open the door.
- Even if they have a pre-arranged appointment, take time to check their identity card carefully. Close the door while you do this. 
- If you are still unsure, look up the phone number and ring to verify their identity. 
- Never call the number on the identity card, or a number that has been given to you, as these may be fake and you may be speaking to another fraudster.

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Emma Tarry (Police, Communications Officer, Thames Valley)

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