Thief posing as ‘gold buyer’ steals jewellery from Southsea OAP

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A PENSIONER lost valuable jewellery in a distraction burglary.

The 81-year old, from Elm Grove, Southsea, was visited by a stranger who claimed to be a gold buyer.

The man said he had come to collect a ‘cash for gold’ leaflet that had been posted through the door earlier that day.

When the pensioner opened the door, the visitor walked into his home uninvited and stole jewellery.

The burglary took place at around 3pm on Thursday, February 21.

The suspect was described as white, approximately 5ft 10ins tall, of stocky build and wearing a flat cap.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Mel Sinclair said: ‘We are conducting enquiries into whether any other local residents have had any suspicious callers within the past two weeks.

‘Specifically’, we would be interested in anyone trying to buy or sell antiques or gold. Officers are also trying to trace any leaflets that may have been dropped through other letterboxes advertising cash for gold-type sales. We would be especially interested if anyone still had one of these leaflets at home.’

Anyone with information is asked to call Fratton police station on 101.