Image released after man forced his way into 80-year-old Rugby woman’s home

Police want to speak to the man pictured in connection with the incident
Police want to speak to the man pictured in connection with the incident

Warwickshire Police have released an image of a man they wish to speak to in connection with a distraction burglary that occurred in Rugby.

The home of an 80-year-old woman was entered by an unknown man who forced his way through her front door as she opened it.

Once inside he stole her handbag, house phone, mobile phone and demanded money.

The offender then took the victims house keys and locked her inside her property when he left.

The incident happened on Friday August 28. Warwickshire Police have only just released the information.

Police wish to speak to the man pictured as he may have vital information which could assist with the investigation.

Anyone who recognises the man pictured, or has any information which could assist officers, is urged to call police on 101, quoting incident 373 of August 28.

Alternatively, information can be given anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.

To protect yourself from distraction burglary, police have advised the following:

• Beware of anyone who says they are in a hurry - if in doubt, call a neighbour or friend

• Check to see who is at the door by using your door viewer, or looking through a front window

• Always put the chain on before you open the door as this is a barrier against unwanted callers

•If you’re still unsure about answering your door to an unknown person, ask the caller to come back later so that you can arrange for a friend or relative to be present.