Man arrested over Mansfield and Ashfield distraction burglaries

Police investigating a number of distraction burglaries in the Mansfield and Ashfield area have arrested a 25-year-old man.

He was detained in connection with two incidents in which elderly residents are believed to have fallen victim to a man and a woman who knocked on their doors offering a service, before stealing from them.

He has been bailed pending further enquiries.

Police are still appealing for witnesses to three incidents.

At around 4.15pm on Tuesday 17th July an elderly couple in Cowpes Close, Sutton, discovered cash had been stolen from their home, following a visit by a man and woman who had offered to fix their drains.

Jewellery and a handbag containing money was stolen from the house of an 87-year-old woman in Hammerwater Drive, Warsop at about 10am on Wednesday 18th July, after a visit from two people.

At a similar time, that same day, an elderly woman reported a suspicious incident at Fell Wilson Street, Warsop, this time following an approach by a woman to help with the gardening.

She was challenged by a neighbour and subsequently left the scene in a dark-coloured car.

No one was injured in any of the incidents.

The woman is described as white, in her early 20s, around 5ft 2ins to 5ft 5ins tall and with short fair hair.

The man is described as white, aged between 25 and 30, around 5ft 10ins tall, of stocky build and with dark hair.

Detective Sergeant Wayne Holmes said: “We have increased patrols in the area in a bid to deter potential burglars and provide reassurance to the local community.

“We are keen to speak with anyone who has been approached at home by a man or woman matching the above descriptions.

“Never let anyone you do not know or have not made a prior appointment with into your house. Ask to see identification and phone the company they claim to be working for to double check they are who they say they are.

“If in any doubt, simply do not open the door.

“Keep your doors locked at all times, even if you are in the back garden, and be mindful of leaving open windows unattended.

“Don’t leave valuables on display or near windows or doors, and do not keep large amounts of money on the premises.”

Witnesses, or anyone with information, should contact Detective Sergeant Wayne Holmes at Hucknall CID on 101, extension 804 4733, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.