Distraction burglar steals from deaf and blind OAP in Gosport

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A DEAF and blind woman had money stolen from her handbag by a bogus caller.

Police are appealing for witnesses after the theft on August 30.

It happened at around 1pm in Anns Hill Road, Gosport.

A man knocked on the door of a house belonging to a 92-year-old woman who is partially deaf and blind.

The suspect was allowed into the woman’s home after he pretended to know her.

But once inside the house, the suspect asked for a cup of tea.

While the victim was making it, he took money from her handbag and left.

Police Staff Investigator Jane Dye, from Gosport police station, said: ‘I would like to hear from any potential witnesses to this incident.

‘Were you in the area at the time or did you have any unknown callers to your home in this area that match the description?

‘I would like to remind residents, particularly the elderly, not to allow any unknown callers into your home.

‘Keep the chain on while you find out who it is and what they want.’

The suspect is white, about 5ft 3in, and in his 20s.

He had short, dark hair and a medium build and wore dark-coloured clothing.

Anyone with information should call 101.

Information can also be given anonymously to police through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.