Distraction burglars pretend boy is sick

DETECTIVES are appealing for information today after two conmen tried to trick a woman by pretending a youngster was sick.

DETECTIVES are appealing for information today after two conmen tried to trick a woman by pretending a youngster was sick.

The distraction burglary happened at the home of the woman, who is in her 70s, in Upper Street, Baylham, between 6.30am and 7.05am yesterday.

She answered a knock at the door a found two men, one of whom was holding a young boy.

They asked to bring the child inside as they waited for an ambulance but the woman refused as she felt the boy didn't look ill, but the men pushed through the door into the house.


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The boy was put on her sofa, and the woman, feeling scared and intimidated, stayed with him. The men then searched the house for around half an hour.

They then picked up the boy and left. Nothing was stolen.

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The ambulance service has confirmed that no calls were taken during this time relating to the boy.

The first man is described as white, 6ft, in his early 40s, of slim build and was wearing a long beige tweed coat and a trilby hat.

The second man is described as white, 5ft11inc, in his late 30s with short dark gelled hair and was wearing a red t-shirt and black trousers.

The boy is described as three or four years old, of large build with short dark hair and was wearing blue shorts, a white t-shirt and dirty white trainers.

Detective inspector Jeff Yaxley said: “This is an unusual incident which has left the elderly victim very shaken and distressed.

“I would like to hear from anyone who may have seen the men with the boy in Baylham or the surrounding area yesterday morning, or anyone who witnessed any other suspicious activity in the village last week.”

Anyone with information about the crime should call Suffolk police on 01473 613500.

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