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CCTV released following distraction burglary in Southampton

Alert message sent 30/12/2020 17:42:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary

Do you recognise this man?

Officers would like to speak to him in connection with a distraction burglary where an 82-year-old woman had her mobile phone and debit card stolen in Southampton.

Between 1pm and 3.30pm on Monday, 16 November, the victim was at home in Inkerman Road, when a man unknown to her, walked into her house and sat on the sofa. He offered to sell her some meat which she declined. The man then left.

A short time later, the victim realised her phone and debit card had gone missing from next to the sofa.

The card was later used to purchase goods from several stores and to pay for bus fares.

Officers are appealing to anyone who may recognise the man in the CCTV image.

We know he is wearing a face covering however he is also wearing a distinctive hat which someone might recognise.

If you saw this man in the area or know who he is, please call 101 quoting 44200443834.

Alternatively people can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

We’d like to take this opportunity to remind you of the following crime prevention advice:

• Always use the door chain when answering the door. If you are not sure do not open the door.
• Do not keep substantial sums of money in the home.
• Always keep front and back doors locked.
• Always check the credentials of unknown callers. Do not phone the number on the ID card, use a phone book or bill.
• Never employ cold-calling doorstep traders or engage with cold callers on the phone.
• LOCK STOP CHAIN and check – if unsure do not open the door.
• Report any suspicious callers or activity to the police immediately.
• Keep an eye on elderly or vulnerable neighbours, friends and family.
• Encourage residents to call 101 to advise of any unexpected callers – this gives Police a better chance at building a picture of where potential criminals are operating.

Always report any suspicious caller to your home to the police on 101.

In an emergency, or if a crime is in progress, call 999.

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Sarah Cartwright (Police, Corporate Communications, Hampshire)
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