POLICE are looking for help in identify a man who is suspected of committing a distraction burglary involving an 85-year old man in Binley Woods.
The man in question called at the elderly man’s home in the afternoon of Friday, December 16 last year and claimed to be from a well known double glazing company. He produced an identification card with a photograph on it and entered the property.
The man then discussed some recent work the householder had had done on his windows and whether he was satisfied with their installation.
After discussing the work the stranger asked for details of the cheque the man had used to pay for the work, including the bank account number and sort code for the account. He also persuaded him to sign a document, giving the stranger an example of his signature.
The stranger then asked to use the toilet upstairs. It was later discovered that while upstairs he had carried out a tidy search of the rooms, and had having found a cheque book had removed a number of cheques.
As soon as the owner discovered what had happened he contacted his bank to prevent the cheques from being cashed. Thankfully they had not been used.
A photograph, identified by the elderly man as the person who had called at his address, was later found outside near his address.
The stranger is described as being a black male, taller than 6ft and well dressed and well spoken.
The company he claimed to be representing have confirmed that they do not have door to door salespeople.
Anyone with any information about the identity of the doorstep caller is asked to contact: Detective Constable Dean Clark at the Nuneaton Local Investigation team on 02476 641111 x 3212 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 where the information can be given anonymously.