Mansfield pensioner targeted by distraction burglars

DETECTIVES are urging residents to be wary of unexpected callers after a Mansfield pensioner fell victim to a distraction burglary on Tuesday.

They say a man and a woman called at the home of the elderly householder on Chadburn Road at around 4pm and asked him if they could use his phone.

He agreed and let them into his house, but while they were there his wallet was stolen.

Said Det Sgt Phil Sims: “This appears, unfortunately, to be another example of unscrupulous offenders targeting elderly or vulnerable local residents. In this instance, the victim is in his late 80s.

“We believe these offenders may have called at other homes in the area on Tuesday.

“We are keen to hear from anyone who may have had an unexpected call from a couple asking to use the phone or perhaps making another request with the intention of been given access to the house.“Similarly, if anyone saw any activity they regarded as suspicious in Chadburn Road on Tuesday afternoon, we’d like to hear from you.”

Anyone with information should contact Mansfield CID on 101, ext 805 3134 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.