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Appeal for information after "despicable" burglary

Police in North Yorkshire are appealing for information after an elderly woman was burgled in Northallerton by a man posing as the relative of a friend.

The man entered the address at Priory Close on Saturday morning (October 27th), posing as "Mary's cousin" before asking for a drink and to use the bathroom.

When the woman returned from the kitchen, she realised that the burglar had left and taken a wallet and purse containing around £120 with him.

The burglar is a white man in his twenties, around 6ft tall and of medium build. At the time of the burglary he was wearing a light blue anorak, tracksuit bottoms and gloves.

Anyone with information or who may have witnessed the crime should contact Northallerton Police on 101.

“This is a truly despicable crime. Targeting an elderly and vulnerable victim is a callous act.

If you can help to identify the thief you must contact the police or Crimestoppers immediately."

– PC Quita Passmore, Northallerton Safer Neighbourhood Team