Distraction burglars prey on 91-year-old woman

A 91-year-old woman has been the victim of a distraction burglary (Picture posed by a model)
A 91-year-old woman has been the victim of a distraction burglary (Picture posed by a model)

Distraction burglars who preyed on a 91-year-old woman are being hunted by police.

At around 8.15pm on Wednesday (May 4), a man knocked on the door of the house in Thame Road, (A4129) in Longwick.

The victim, a 91-year-old woman, answered the door.

The man said he worked for the water board and that there was an issue with the water.

Despite being asked for identification which he failed to produce, the man was able to persuade the victim to let him into the house to check the sink and taps in the kitchen.

Whilst the man and victim were in the kitchen, other offenders climbed into the house through the front windows.

They searched the bedrooms and stole a handbag containing her purse and money.

It is thought that the offenders may have used a vehicle to leave the area as it was in a rural location.

Only the man in the kitchen was seen by the victim. He is mixed race, around 25 to 30 years old, 5ft 8ins, medium build. He was wearing leather gloves and a jacket.

If you have any information about the incident call the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101.If you do not want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.