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Police investigating a distraction burglary in Poole have issued an e-fit of the man responsible – with officers urging anyone with information to get in touch as soon as possible.
The incident, in which two men stole a 79-year-old woman’s handbag, happened at an address along Danecourt Road at around 12..30pm on Tuesday 3 April 2012.
The stolen bag contained cash and bank cards.
Police Constable Richard Skinner, of Bournemouth and Poole police, said:
“The two men called at the victim’s address under the pretence that they were undertaking gardening work at the next door neighbour’s house. They claimed that it was necessary to complete some pruning from within the victim’s garden.
“I believe that one of the burglars spent time discussing the so-called work with the victim while the other searched the house and stole her handbag.
“Following further enquiries, I am now able to release an e-fit of the man that distracted the elderly lady and I would urge anyone who recognises this man to contact me urgently.”
The pictured offender is white, aged in his mid-to-late twenties, around six feet tall, clean shaven and with short dark hair. He was wearing a white T-shirt and black trousers.
The second man is also white, aged in his mid-to-late twenties and around six feet tall. He is of a medium build, with short dark hair and was clean shaven. He was wearing dark clothing at the time of the incident.
PC Skinner continued:
“Anyone with any information about this burglary and the two men responsible should call Dorset Police at the earliest opportunity.”
Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 3:205. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.