Kirkby pensioner’s hangbag stolen during distraction burglary
A 61-year-old man is said to have conned his way into a Kirkby pensioner’s home claiming to be a council worker before stealing her handbag.
Kevin Gamble, 61, is due before Nottingham Crown Court over the February 8 distraction burglary on Hartley Road.
Gamble, of no fixed address, is charged with burglary.
Detective Sergeant Andrew Hall, describing distraction burglary as “a terrible crime” told how perpetrators ”prey on our most vulnerable residents”.
DS Hall said: “It’s an invasion of your privacy in the place you should feel safest and we understand the trauma it causes.
"We want to remind people to be on their guard - especially if someone you’re not expecting – a man, woman or even a child – knocks on your door.
"Don't allow anyone without valid identification access to your home and if you're unsure don't let them in.
“Keep the chain on the door while talking to them and check with the company that the person is purporting to be from.
"Our advice is always to say no to cold-callers and to report any suspicious activity.
“If you see somebody acting suspiciously report it to the police immediately by calling 101 or in an emergency call 999.
"Residents, particularly the elderly and those who live alone, should remain vigilant and ensure that their home is secure at all times.
"We would also urge those who know people who are potentially at risk to advise them of the signs, remind them to not let in unexpected callers and what to do if they are targeted."
Gamble is due before Nottingham Crown Court on March 25.