Lakes Estate home robbed after cat search used as a distraction

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A THIEF has brought a new meaning to the phrase ‘cat burglar’.

The man approached his pensioner victim and asked for help finding his cat – before heading off to rob her house with three accomplices.

The incident took place on the Lakes Estate in Bletchley between 3.30pm and 3.45pm on Tuesday.

The burglar approached the 66-year-old woman while she was out walking and asked for her help in finding his missing cat. The victim said no, but when she returned to her home in Brora Close she saw the man and three others running away.

The men had searched her lounge and bedroom and stole £100, an oval gold locket on a thick chain with a flowery pattern on one side containing pictures of her grandchildren and also a ring which is a gold band with a mounting of diamonds in an oval shape.

After the burglary they escaped in a silver four-door estate car.

The first offender who spoke to the victim is white, of average build, about 6ft tall, between 20 and 25 years old with a round baby like face and he spoke with no noticeable accent. He was wearing a white or grey peaked baseball cap and a grey bomber jacket that was zipped at the front.

One of the other three offenders is white, about 5ft tall, between 14 and 16 years old and he was wearing a dark coloured beanie style hat and a zip-up coat which looked too big for him.

The other two offenders were both white, around 6ft tall and were wearing dark coloured beanie style hats and other dark clothing.

Police are appealing for anybody who has information about this incident or knowledge of the stolen items to come forward.

The victim is appealing for the safe return of the gold locket and the photographs contained in it because of their strong sentimental value.

Officers would also like to remind householders to secure their doors and windows.

Anyone with information should call the Thames Valley Police 24-hour non-emergency single number 101 and ask to speak to Detective Constable Samantha Reynolds.