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16 March 2015, 06:19 | Updated: 16 March 2015, 06:21
Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a burglary in Milton Keynes.
The incident took place at 11.15am on Wednesday (11/3) in Phelps Road, Bletchley.
A man knocked on the front door of the victim’s house shortly after post had been delivered.
The man, who was wearing what appeared to be a red florescent Royal Mail jacket and light blue jeans, asked to view the post, saying he believed he had delivered it to the wrong address.
The victim checked the post and said it had been correctly delivered, but the man returned a few minutes later, knocked on the door again and said he believed the post had been tampered with and wished to review the letters.
The victim took out the new bank card to show the man what had been delivered, at which point the offender stepped into the hallway, snatched the debit card from the victim’s hand and ran away.
The offender is black, slim, in his early twenties and 5ft 7ins.
Police believe a dark coloured Vauxhall Omega or Vectra, which was parked in the lay-by opposite, may be linked to the offence.
Investigating officer, Det Con Samantha Reynolds, of Milton Keynes police station, said: ”The occupants in the vehicle seen parked in the lay-by at the time of the offence may or may not be linked to this offence and we appeal for them to come forward for elimination purposes.
“We would also like to make people aware, particularly elderly residents, of this type of offence and remind them not to answer the door to anyone if no appointment has been made or if they have any doubts as to who is at the door.
“Even if you are expecting someone from a company, always ask for identification. Do not rely on a uniform alone.”
Anyone with information about this incident should contact Det Con Reynolds via the 24-hour enquiry line 101.
If you do not want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers (opens new window) anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.