Appeal for witnesses over distraction burglaries


POLICE are investigating two distraction burglaries in Chesterfield during the Bank Holiday weekend.

The first happened at the home of a man in his 90’s off Highfield Lane on Sunday August 28 at about 10.30am.

A man knocked at his door and he allowed him in to look at the doors and windows. After the suspect left the occupant found that money had been stolen from his wallet and some drawers in a bedroom had been searched.

The suspect was white, of average build, well dressed and in his late 20s. He has short brown hair and was wearing some sort of identification badge.

The second offence happened on Monday August 29 at around 5pm when two men went to a house on Ringwood Road, Brimington, the home of an 82-year-old woman.

They claimed they were from a window company. She allowed them in and followed them around as they measured the windows. They then split up and she remained with one of the men while the other was in a different part of the house.

When they left she checked her bag and found her wallet was missing.

She has described them as being white and in their 20s. One was around five feet five inches tall, with dark hair and wearing a pale blue short-sleeved shirt.

The second man had pale skin and blond hair. He wore a dark jacket and dark trousers.

Police are warning householders not to let any strangers into their homes. They should ring the police immediately if they have any doubts about callers.

Anyone who has any information about the offences should ring the police on 0345 123 33 33 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.