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Appeal following theft from elderly man’s home in Whitby

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North Yorkshire Police is appealing for witnesses and information about the theft of a Post Office card from the home of an elderly man in Whitby.

On Wednesday 18 January 2017 between 6pm and 7pm, a man in his 80s was followed as he walked from his friend’s house on Helredale Road, Whitby to his home address on Corners Terrace, Whitby.

A car drew alongside him and the driver engaged him in conversation whilst on Church Street before parking outside The Fleece public house, also on Church Street.

The suspect got out of his car stating that he wanted to borrow £15 to buy his mother some groceries, telling the elderly man that his mother was an acquaintance of his. The elderly man invited the suspect into his home where he was distracted and his Post Office ‘cash card’ was taken from his wallet.

Police are appealing for any information to assist in identifying the man in question. The victim is a vulnerable man in his 80s, distinctive in appearance in that he walks with the aide of two walking sticks.

In particular we are appealing for anyone who was passing by at the time who saw the two men talking on Church Street, Whitby or can provide details regarding the white/grey vehicle parked outside The Fleece public house Church Street, Whitby to get in touch.

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation should contact us on 101, select option 2, and ask for Mike Cope. You can also email Michael.cope@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Please quote the North Yorkshire Police reference number 12170013848

Contact details:
Michael Cope - #0033
michael.cope@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk | 101 - Ext 30033
Incident reference:
12170013848
Last modified: May 9, 2018