Purse stolen from elderly woman in Hillmorton during distraction burglary

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RUGBY police are urging people to always ask to see identification if they have door step callers selling goods.

The warning comes after a 93-year-old Rugby woman found her purse was missing after she provided a drink of water to a door to door seller who called at her home.

All doorstep sellers must carry a current Pedlar’s Certificate, which is issued by the police, and will prominently display the police force crest or logo and must also have the name, address and a photograph of the person selling goods.

The distraction burglary took place in Hillmorton in Rugby around 2.15pm yesterday (Thursday).

A man called at the woman’s home offering to sell kitchen utensils, Christmas cards and calendars from a holdall.

The woman said she did not want anything, but the man then asked if he could have a drink of water. She took him into her dining room where he sat on a chair while she fetched the refreshment for him.

After he had gone she discovered that her purse, containing £40 and a photograph of her husband, which had been in her handbag, which was also in the dining room, were missing.

The man is described as being white, aged in his 60s, approximately 6 feet tall, of large build with white hair and was dressed in a fawn coloured coat.

Anyone with any information about the man, or anyone who also had a door to door seller call at their home in Rugby on Thursday is asked to contact Detective Constable Jim Middleton in the local investigation team at Rugby Police Station on 01788 856136 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.