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Video reveals suspect in burglary at pensioners in Westfield

Communities / Wed 19th Mar 2014 at 05:06pm

ESSEX POLICE have released CCTV footage in a renewed appeal to identify a man suspected of a burglary at an elderly woman’s home in Harlow.

The woman, who is in her 80s, was at her home in Westfield at about 11am on Monday February 17 when a man knocked at the door and said he was working on a neighbour’s trees.

He asked if he could look at the trees in the woman’s garden and was invited through the house and into the garden.

He said that he could prune the trees for £20 but said he would have to collect some tools.

When he returned through the house the man took £50 cash and a bank book and left.

Investigating officer DC Gav Morris said: “Distraction burglary is an appalling crime and thieves have no regard for the

distress and hardship they cause to elderly victims.

“The footage shows how the suspect had a quick look around a room as he was being shown to the garden.

We believe that the cash was taken when he claimed to be going to get tools.

“We would like to hear from anyone who can identify the man in the images or from anyone who thinks he has been involved in similar burglaries or attempted burglaries in the area.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dc Morris at Harlow CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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