Pensioner's jewellery stolen in Cleadon
Dated: 15 Jun 2012
Detectives are appealing for information after bogus workmen called at a pensioner's home in South Tyneside.
Sometime around 2pm on Wednesday, June 13, a pensioner living in a street off Woodlands Road in Cleadon returned home to find three men, believed to have Irish accents, painting a neighbour's garage. One of the men then offered to do some painting for the woman, who paid £200 cash in advance.
The men left before finishing the job and the pensioner later discovered some of her jewellery was missing from her home. A total of seven rings are believed to have been stolen.
The only other information is that the men are believed to be using a white van, possibly a Transit size.
Police are keen to hear from anyone who was in the area on Wednesday afternoon or who may have been offered rings for sale in suspicious circumstances.
Anyone with any information should contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 or alternatively Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Residents are also reminded to be on their guard to people knocking on the door unannounced or asking for cash in advance of work. If they're in any doubt of their identity people should not let strangers into their home.
Further information about bogus callers is available on the Northumbria Police website www.northumbria.police.uk