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Appeal for witnesses following distraction burglary – Wokingham

News   •   Jun 13, 2019 11:17 BST

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following a distraction burglary in Wokingham.

At around 1pm on Sunday (9/6), the victim, a woman in her eighties, was gardening outside a property in Reading Road, Woodley when she was approached by a man that said the fence to the rear of the property was broken.

The victim followed the offender to have a look and when they returned to the front of the property the man said he would put a quote to fix the damage through the front door.

The victim continued her gardening and when she turned round to check that the man was gone he was with another man in the driveway.

The offenders then walked away in the direction of Woodley town centre.

A large quantity of jewellery was taken.

The first offender is described as a white man, in his twenties, around 5ft 9ins tall and of slim build. He had short dark brown hair and was wearing a shirt and dark trousers. He also spoke with a local accent.

The second offender is described as a white man, in his forties, around 5ft 5ins tall and of large build. He was wearing a red checked shirt.

Investigating officer, PC Jay Ellams, based at Loddon Valley police station, said: “This is a shocking incident in which an elderly lady has had her jewellery taken.

“I am appealing for anyone who saw what happened or anyone who has information regarding this incident to please come forward.

“If you have any information, please contact Thames Valley Police via the non-emergency number 101 quoting reference 43190173349 or make a report online.

“Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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