Man arrested in connection with distraction burglary

A man has been arrested in connection with a distraction burglary in Barrow which occurred last week.

The incident took place between 5.30pm and 6pm on Wednesday, August 19, at a property in Mill Lane.

A man called at the door offering to cut the hedge at the address, which the victim – a woman aged in her 70s – declined. He then asked if he could use the toilet and so the victim allowed him to come into the house. Once inside he also requested a glass of water.

The victim later discovered her purse was missing. This contained a number of bank cards, one of which was used at the Hardwick shopping precinct in Bury St Edmunds shortly after this incident, at around 6.15pm.

On Thursday, August 20, officers arrested a 19-year-old man from the Mildenhall area on suspicion of burglary in connection with this offence.

He was taken to Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre for questioning and was later further arrested in custody on suspicion of a second distraction burglary, which occurred in Field Road, Mildenhall, at around 10am on Saturday, August 15.

This incident involved a man entering the home of a woman aged in her 80s, under the guise of being there to service her radiators. A large amount of jewellery was subsequently stolen from the address.

Anyone with information regarding either of these crimes is asked to contact West CID at Bury St Edmunds Police Station, quoting reference: 48178/20 for Barrow, or 47300 for Mildenhall.

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