Fake water board pair steal 89-year-old woman’s purse in distraction burglary

20 canaries and a number of miniature quail were taken. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

20 canaries and a number of miniature quail were taken. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

An 89-year-old woman’s purse was stolen in a distraction burglary by two men claiming to be water officials.

The incident happened at an address in Tennyson Road, Bury St Edmunds, on Friday, April 6.

Suffolk police said two male suspects, purporting to be water officials, entered a house occupied by the woman at 2pm and stole a purse containing cash.

The only description at this time is that the two males were white with dark hair, and that one was wearing a bomber jacket.

A witness saw them get into a silver/grey Audi saloon.

Police are advising people to ensure they check the identification of any officials and contact appropriate companies if they were not expecting a visit.

Information relating to the incident should be reported to Suffolk police on 101, using crime reference 37/18608/18.

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Any suspicious visitors should be reported the same number.

Dial 999 in an emergency.

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