Buxton distraction burglar returns stolen cash before targeting second victim

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A distraction burglar who returned stolen cash to one of his victims in Buxton then took money from a second victim a month later.

The offender took £25 from an elderly woman after asking if he could go into her house on Mosley Road, to write a note for a neighbour on September 11. But on September 19, he returned to the address, claimed to be a friend of the burglar, and handed the cash back.

He was described as white, about 5ft 9ins, of heavy build. He had short, dark brown hair and walked with a waddle. He was also driving a blue car.

A man fitting that same description then went to an address on Knowles Crescent, Fairfield, at about 9pm on Monday, October 19.

He asked to go inside so he could write a note for the victim’s neighbour. The homeowner – a 63-year-old man – later noticed that a wallet containing cash was missing from his house.

DC Gary Thomas, who is investigating the distraction burglaries, said: “This distraction burglar preys on the charity of others by asking if he can come in while writing a note, and then steals from those people.

“I would urge anyone with information to come forward so we can catch him before he strikes again.

“People should be aware of this man’s tactics to get into their houses, and warn their family, friends and neighbours to be vigilant.

“Given that he went back and returned the money to one his victims, I would also appeal to the offender to come forward himself.”

Anyone with information should call DC Thomas on 101, quoting crime reference 45274/15. You can also call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.