Burglary warning after man, 75, has his wallet stolen

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POLICE are warning people to be vigilant after a 75-year-old man had his wallet stolen in a distraction theft.

Officers are hunting a cyclist who knocked on a door in Penn Way, Gosport, to ask for directions.

The pensioner invited the man into his living room.

He left the him alone for a short period while he went into another part of the house to get a map.

When the man had later left, the pensioner noticed his wallet was missing.

It contained £250 in cash and had a number of bank cards inside.

The thief knocked on the door at some time between 5pm and 5.30pm on April 11.

Neighbours in the area have warned each other not to let strangers into their homes.

One resident of Penn Way, who did not want to be named, said: ‘I heard something like that had happened but its quite rare.

‘I don’t know who it was but I’d be very wary of inviting someone into my house anyway if I didn’t know who they were.

‘That’s common sense but I know some people can be very persuading and can seem harmless.

‘I don’t understand what motivates people to commit crimes like that, but I hope the police find him.’

The man who called at the door is described as white, around 40 years old and with a slight build.

He was 5ft 10ins tall and had a bicycle with him.

Police want to hear from anyone who can help officers track down the suspect, or who might have seen anything suspicious in the area.

Officers have encouraged people to call police if they have a suspicious caller come to their door.

PC Samantha Gee, from Gosport police station, said: ‘I would appeal to anyone in the area who may have seen this man or can help us identify him to contact us.

‘I would advise homeowners not to invite unknown callers into their home.

‘If you are at all suspicious of someone calling at your door please contact the police.’

Anyone with information should call PC Gee at Gosport police station on 101.

Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Minicom users can call the police on 01962 875000.