Warnings after sneak-in thefts

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Police are investigating three distraction burglaries in the High Peak.

The first happened at around 3.15pm on Friday, March 4, in Glossop when two men entered a house after saying they were looking for gardening work. A handbag and rings were later found to have been stolen.

A similar incident followed at Buxton Road, Furness Vale, at around 4.30pm the same afternoon.

A 66-year-old woman answered her back door to an Eastern European man who offered to carry out gardening work for her. He was about 5ft 10ins tall, slim, with dark curly hair and wore a green sweater.

While they were speaking, she realised a second Eastern European man was in the house. The pair left together, walking toward the centre of Furness Vale.

The victim later found her handbag, which contained a mobile phone and cash, had been stolen.

Another distraction burglary took place at 5.30pm in Thornsett Avenue, Buxton when two men entered the home of an elderly couple, claiming to be from the water company. They stole cash and two handbags.

One man was white and aged about 20. He was 5ft 10ins tall and had fair hair. The other man was white, in his late teens, slim and about 5ft 8ins tall. He also had fair hair.

Community Safety Inspector Tony Dales said: “Never let an unexpected caller into your home without checking their identity first.

“Genuine callers will be happy to wait outside while you contact the company they claim to be from.

“If you are still unsure, ask them to come back when you have a friend or family member present.

“If you suspect a bogus caller is at your door, ring the police immediately.”

• Anyone with information should call police on 0345 123 3333 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.