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Workington woman arrested after West Cumbria distraction burglaries

[P]olice in West Cumbria have arrested a woman in connection with incidents of burglary, theft and fraud.

Officers arrested a 27-year-old woman earlier today (13th June) following enquiries into distraction burglaries at properties at the following locations

  • Walls Road in Salterbeck on 21st May.
  • Moss Bay Road in Workington on 11th June.
  • Moss Bay Road in Workington on 12th June.

The woman, from Workington, is detained for questioning.

The arrest follows incidents where an offender has gained entry to a property claiming to be collecting money for charity or in one case help with paying a vet’s bill. Whilst in the property the offender has then, without consent, looked round the house.

Police believe the offender in these incidents targets vulnerable elderly people.

Detective Sergeant Jim Grattan, West Cumbria CID, said: “We would like to hear form anyone who has any information on any of the incidents that we are investigating. We would also like to appeal to anyone who believes they may be a victim of such an offence to come forward.

“We believe that the offender in these cases is targeting vulnerable members of society claiming to be collecting money for charity. They look to take advantage of the victim’s good nature and whilst in their home look for items of value to steal.

“I’d urge members of the public to look out for one another especially elderly or vulnerable persons.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact West Cumbria CID on 101. Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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