Pensioner burgled by bogus RSPCA officer

Cash was stolen from a house in Butcombe following a distraction burglary

10.20am 05.09.07 - AN ELDERLY man from Butcombe had cash stolen from his home as a result of a distraction burglary, with one of the men posing as an RSPCA officer.

The 77-year-old was in his garden, on August 30, when the man entered at the back of the property and approached him.

He said he worked for the RSPCA and was doing checks on cattle in the area. Despite the victim querying the man's role, the suspect walked to the cattle pens in his garden, followed by the pensioner.

He was again quizzed for his official identity card and asked why he was not wearing a uniform.

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Two other strangers were also spotted at the property and all three men left in a blue coloured Rover 600 series car (S262 CWS), driving in the direction of Butcombe village.

The victim later discovered cash had been taken from his house.

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The suspect, who approached the victim in his garden, was described as a white man of stocky build, aged in his late 20s or early 30s with dark coloured hair.

He was wearing a green zip-up woollen sweater and white trainers.

The other two suspects were described as two white men, one about 5ft 10ins and in his late 20s or early 30s and wearing a navy blue coloured shirt.

The other man was described as being stocky and having black or very dark brown curly or wavy hair, which was longer at the sides and possibly combed back.

He had a very tanned complexion and was wearing a white shirt and jeans, which had a green colouring in them.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the burglary team at Nailsea on 0845 4567000.

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