Burglar steals handbag of woman in 70s by faking a blaze

A woman in her 70s was tricked by a burglar in Colchester.

A woman in her 70s was tricked by a burglar in Colchester.

A burglar tricked his way into a home in Essex by pretending there was a fire.

The suspect knocked on the door of an address in Mercers Way, Colchester, at about 9.30pm on September 20.

When the victim, a woman aged in her 70s, answered the door, he claimed there was a fire at the back of the property.

He entered the home, took a handbag containing money, and left.

The suspect was described as white, 5ft 9ins tall, of average build, and aged in his 50s.


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He had mousy brown curly hair and wore a black anorak-style top with a diamond pattern.

Anyone with information is asked to call Dc Shelley Tarling at Colchester CID on 101.

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