Distraction burglars target vulnerable residents in seaside town
BRIDLINGTON: Distraction burglars have been targeting elderly and vulnerable people to steal purses and jewellery.
Police officers are on the lookout for the criminals, after a spate of burglaries in the Avenues area of Bridlington.
Offenders are committing the crimes by approaching the homes of elderly people and offering work.
They then ask for a drink or to use the toilet and, when inside, steal anything they see of value.
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In one theft, a man and a woman approached a detached house and offered to do some work to the exterior of the house.
They went in the front door and stole a purse and some jewellery.
Detective Inspector Allison Sweeting said: "We will continue to do all we can to reduce this crime in the East Riding, and ask that residents of Bridlington report any suspicious behaviour to aid us in our investigations."
For further crime prevention advice, visit www.humberside. police.uk or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
To report suspicious activity in confidence, call Humberside Police on 101.