Mid Wales

Distraction burglar takes £7,000 from Hay-on-Wye widow

An elderly widow who recently lost her husband has been robbed of £7,000 in a distraction burglary after the thief claimed he was checking electricity.

Dyfed-Powys Police said the woman was "distraught" after losing the money she had saved for the funeral.

The first burglar, thought to be aged about 20, entered her home in Gypsy Castle, Hay-on-Wye, with an accomplice.

Police appealed for information about a "cowardly act" and warned against letting in cold callers.

The caller took the money from a bedroom drawer in the robbery, at about 1700 GMT on Friday.

He claimed he was checking electricity plugs in the kitchen, and the woman discovered the robbery about half an hour later.

The thief is described as white, slim and boyish looking, 5ft 8in, clean shaven with short straight dark hair.

He was wearing round framed dark rimmed glasses with thick rims, a dark long sleeved top, possibly with a round neck, dark trousers and footwear, and had an Irish accent.

Det Insp Owain Richards said: "We are appealing to anyone who may have seen these individuals or anyone who may have been approached in similar circumstances to come forward to the police.

"An investigation is under way in order to identify those responsible. We urge residents not to allow any cold callers into your home."

Anyone with information can contact police on 101, or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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