Police warning after Woodley pensioner targeted by distraction thieves

Three men knock on door claiming they needed to check victim's window seals

A PENSIONER was targeted by thieves last month and police are appealing for witnesses.

The incident took place around 2pm on Tuesday, March 19.

The 80-year-old victim was cold called by three men. They entered his home in Shackleton Way claiming to be there to check the seals around his windows.

Thames Valley Police said that one of the men entered the victim’s bedroom and then claimed to have repaired the seal.

The victim was asked to make a donation and entered his PIN number into a machine a number of times, without his bank card, before being told that the payment had been processed.

After the offenders had left, the victim discovered that a bank card had been taken from his coat in the bedroom. On contacting the bank, the victim was advised that a number of cashpoint transactions had been attempted using his card but were unsuccessful.

The first offender is described as a white man, around 50 years-old, approximately 5ft 9ins with stocky build and short dark hair. He was wearing thick dark clothes to keep warm.

The second offender is described as white man, aged between 30 and 40-years-old, around 5ft 9ins, clean shaven with slim build and brown hair. He was wearing dark trousers with a short sleeve top.

The third offender is described as a white man, approximately 50-years-old with stocky build and dark hair. He looked similar in appearance to the first offender and was also wearing thick dark clothes to keep warm.

Case investigator, Tina Neale from the Investigation Hub at Loddon Valley police station, said: “I would like to appeal for anyone who may have witnessed this incident, or can provide further information about the offenders, to come forward.

“You can help to protect your elderly or vulnerable family, friends and neighbours by making them aware of this form of distraction burglary.

“Anyone with information should report the details on the Thames Valley Police website quoting reference 43190084257.

“Alternatively, you can call the non-emergency telephone number, 101, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Phil Creighton

Editor of The Wokingham Paper, and has worked in local journalism for more than 20 years including the Wokingham Times, Bracknell Standard and Reading Evening Post. He's also written for computer magazines, The Baptist Times and, to his delight and probably not yours, interviewed several Doctor Whos.

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