Distraction burglar steals wedding ring from Petersfield pensioner

Chief Inspector Sharon Woolrich

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A WEDDING ring and other sentimental jewellery items were stolen by a woman during a distraction burglary at a pensioner’s home.

The crook persuaded the 93-year-old woman to let her into the house in Charles Street, Petersfield.

After she left, the pensioner discovered jewellery was missing.

The crook’s haul included a 22-carat gold wedding band, a turquoise dress ring with turquoise gem stones, a large gold Victorian ‘mourning brooch’ with plaited hair on one side and a bright painted picture on the front, a gold brooch on a lapel, a pair of gold earrings and a gold upper arm bangle.

The theft happened between 11am and midday last Saturday.

Detective Constable Angela Smith, from Alton CID, said: ‘This was a shameful incident where an elderly woman was targeted in her own home.

‘We would like to hear from anyone with any information about this incident or anyone who has had a visit from this woman.’

The woman was white, about 40 years old, of average build and height, with short light brown hair. She wore a greyish or blue woollen coat.

Call police on 101.