Police in North Yorkshire have issued a warning for residents after a spate of distraction burglaries across the region.
They say that between 1 and 3 August 2016, two men targeted a number of properties owned by the elderly across North Yorkshire and gained entry in order to steal items such as cash and jewellery.
The distraction technique used by the men is knocking on the door of elderly people and stating that their ball has been kicked into the victims back garden. When the home owner takes one of the men to get the ball, the other man then searches the house and steals property.
On 1 August, the locations of those targeted properties were; Lennox Close and Ewden Close, Filey, two properties on Scagglethorpe, Malton and two properties on St Johns Walk, Kirby Hill, Boroughbridge.
On 3 August 2016 properties in Scalby Road, Scarborough, Guisborough Road in Great Ayton and Mayfield Road in Whitby were targeted.