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Do you recognise this woman? We want to speak to her in connection with distraction burglaries in Southampton

Press Release   •   Jan 25, 2019 15:55 GMT

Do you recognise this woman?

Do you recognise this woman – we want to speak to her in connection with two distraction burglaries at the homes of two elderly ladies.

The suspect gained access to the ladies’ homes in Heathfield Close, Southampton, on Sunday, January 13, claiming she was collecting for charity.

The first incident occurred at around 4pm. A woman dressed in a green wax jacket and black boots knocked on the front door of a 94 year old lady’s home.

The victim gave the suspect £5 but realised her purse, containing cash, had gone missing after the suspect had left.

A similar incident occurred in Heathfield Road around the same time. A woman knocked on the door of an 82 year old lady.

She was given £10 by the victim, who noticed after she had left, that an expensive pot of moisturising cream had gone missing.

If you have any information about these incidents or if you think you saw this woman, please telephone 101, quoting 44190015254.

We encourage members of the public to be vigilant against distraction burglars and to follow our crime prevention advice:

  • Never open your door to someone you don’t know or aren’t expecting.
  • Always make sure a caller is who they say they are before letting them into your home.
  • Make sure your back door is locked before answering the front door.
  • Use a door chain when opening the door.
  • Ask for identification and check it carefully before letting anyone in.
  • Ask them to come back when someone else is at home with you.
  • Direct people asking for help to a nearby shop or other public place, don’t let them in.
  • Always report any suspicious caller to your home to the police on 101.

In an emergency, or if a crime is in progress, call 999.

If you have any information about these incidents or if you think you saw this woman, please telephone 101, quoting 44190015254.