Duster seller in Dover steals purse from woman in her 80s who made him a drink

Contributed by editor on May 11, 2017 - 10:15 AM


It's been reported that a duster seller in Dover robbed a woman in her 80s after she made him a drink


The incident is said to have taken place at an address in the Durham Hill area of the town just before 2pm on Monday 8 May 2017.

Detective Inspector Ben Loose said: ‘A man selling dusters knocked on the door of a lady in her 80s. She made him a drink and he asked if he had left his pass in her home. She went to look for it and when she returned he had gone – and so had her purse.’

Police received a second report of a man selling dusters in the Folkestone Road area the same afternoon by a concerned member of the public.

The man is described as white, about 6ft tall and with short, dark hair. He was wearing a cap and dark jeans and was carrying a blue holdall over his shoulder.

Detective Inspector Loose said: ‘Distraction thieves prey on a person’s good nature and often ask the occupant for a glass of water or to use the phone as a distraction technique.

‘We are urging people to be vigilant and to look out for elderly and vulnerable neighbours and relatives.

‘We would also like to hear from anyone who recognises this man’s description or who has information about the incident,’ he said.

Ways you can help protect yourself against distraction thieves include making sure rear doors and windows are shut and locked when answering your front door; fitting extra security measures such as spy holes, door chains, door locks and intruder alarms and always checking the ID of cold callers. Don’t be afraid to turn people away.

If you have any information about this incident, please phone Kent Police on 01843 222289 or Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 quoting reference number 08-0606.


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