Third Person Wanted Over Pensioner Distraction Burglaries

7 October 2016, 07:15 | Updated: 7 October 2016, 07:19

Police are looking for a man after two people were been arrested over a spate of distraction burglaries targeting pensioners in Birmingham.

They're being questioned over up to 10 offences in the Northfield and Selly Oak areas this month.

In one case, on 25th September, a man and woman teamed up to distract a 101-year-old woman on the doorstep of her home in Chatham Road, Northfield, before sneaking inside to swipe her purse.

They will also be questioned in connection with a theft in Winney Road, Selly Oak, on 6th September where several thousand pounds in cash was stolen from an 81-year-old man as he returned to his car from a bank trip.

Detectives have released an image of another man they would like to speak to.

Francis Maughan, aged 31, is suspected of involvement in the Frankley Beeches Road break-in and other distraction burglaries in Rubery, Northfield and Frankley.

Investigating officer, DC Dave Cockbil, said: "We have seen a spate of truly despicable offences where elderly people have been deliberately targeted. 

"Offenders have preyed on the victims' vulnerabilities – some are dementia sufferers, partially blind or simply very old and tricked them with an array of ruses to get inside their homes and steal from them.

"We strongly believe Francis Maughan is connected to these offences.

"I would ask anyone with information to ask themselves how they would feel if someone had stolen from an elderly loved one of theirs. They would want them caught and brought to justice. So if anyone has information please get in touch so we can help protect our elderly residents."