Sunderland man robbed following a distraction burglary

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Police are appealing for information following a distraction burglary in Sunderland.

The crime took place at 9.30am on Tuesday October 7 at an address on Lumley Terrace.

A man claiming to be a builder told the occupant that their roof needed repaired as it was leaking.

When the occupant went inside to retrieve money to pay the man, the man entered the property and stole a quantity of money and made off.

The main is described as white, 5ft 9in tall, of a thin build with short mousey hair. He was wearing a red jacket and driving a maroon van with bits of grey on it as well as a roof rack.

Detective Sergeant Graeme Flaxen said: “Our enquiries are continuing today to trace the individual responsible for this offence.

“We want to remind residents to take care when answering their door to strangers and if anyone comes to your door who you’re unsure about, you should not let them inside your home. Always ask to see identification – genuine callers will not mind.

“If you are in any doubt as to who they are, then don’t let them in your home and contact the police straight away.

“We’ll always come and check callers out and make sure they’re not trying to commit offences or target vulnerable people.

“I’d urge anyone with information on this incident to come forward.”

People can contact police on 101, extension 69191, quoting log number 350 07/10/14, or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.#####

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