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Appeal for witnesses following distraction burglary in Steeple Claydon

Alert message sent 07/06/2021 16:21:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

Between 12.45pm and 1pm on Thursday 27 May a man approached a woman in Vicarage Lane and claimed to have done work on her house years ago and said that he needed to make follow-up repairs. 
While inside her home, the man and another younger man have gone upstairs. They later come back downstairs and state that the repair would cost £350 and demand the money up front.
The victim hands over £150 and then both men leave. 

The victim later found that jewellery was missing from upstairs.

The first offender is described as a stocky white man, aged 40-45-years-old, approximately 5ft 7ins tall with dark coloured hair that had been waxed or gelled. He was wearing white t-shirt,  dark blue jeans, gloves and a face mask.

The second offender is described as a skinny white man, around 25-years-old, over 6ft tall and had brown hair. He was wearing a grey zip-up top, jeans that appeared to have paint marks on them and a disposable face mask.

A small white van is also believed to be involved.   

Officers are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed this incident, have any doorbell camera footage in the area or who have received cold calls from anyone matching these descriptions.
Officers are particularly keen to speak to a woman with light brown hair, wearing a blue and white striped top who was walking a dog at the time of the offence as we believe she may have seen the offenders and have information that could prove vital to the investigation 

You can get in touch using the online form on the Thames Valley Police website or by calling 101, quoting reference number 43210230234. Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously via their website or on 0800 555 111.
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Mel Reedman (Police, Senior Communications Officer, Thames Valley)

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