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Tuesday 08 August 2017, 11:32 AM
Police are investigating two distraction burglaries which happened in Gloucestershire yesterday, Monday 7 August. The first happened in Hospital Road, Moreton in Marsh at about 5.30pm when a 90-year-old woman was visited by a man who offered to do some gardening. She declined, but as they were talking they were joined by another man and the two left in a small, white van. When the woman went back into the house she discovered that a number of rooms had been searched and her handbag was missing. Both men are described as white, about 6ft tall and wearing what appeared to be a uniform of navy blue trousers and blue long sleeved polo shirts with a small emblem on the left breast. The second incident happened in The Knowle area of Tirley, Gloucester about an hour and a half later where another 90-year-old woman was visited by a man who offered to sweep the drive. She declined and the man left with another man in a white van. The man is described as young, white, slim, and wearing a hoodie. The other man was white and of medium height and build. When they left the woman discovered that her handbag had been stolen from the bedroom. Officers believe that the two incidents are linked and are also looking at links to an incident in Broadway, Worcestershire where two men were seen behaving suspiciously in Leamington Road. One was carrying a black handbag with gold clasps and the other a pillow case which appeared to have items inside. They left the area in a small white van and it was later discovered that an unoccupied property had been broken into. The men are described as: 1. Asian, 5ft 10ins with short, dark, curly hair and wearing a beanie hat; 2. White, 5ft 11ins, slim build and wearing a dark hoodie. Officers investigating the incidents would like to hear from anyone who saw suspicious activity in any of the locations or has information which would help with inquiries. Anyone with information is asked to call DC Faye Satchwell-Bennet on 01452 753094 quoting incidents 389 and 424 of 7/8 (Gloucestershire) or incident 647S 070817 (Worcestershire).