Distraction burglar ‘looking for lost cat’ steals cash and watch from Exmouth home

A distraction burglar swiped cash and a gold watch from an Exmouth home after gaining entry by claiming she had lost her cat.

Police are urging residents to be wary and appealing for information after a property in Lyndhurst Road was targeted on the morning of Thursday, October 21.

The householder answered their door to a woman who said she was searching for her pet before entering the address.

It was only later that the resident noticed money and the timepiece, pictured, were gone.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said: “We are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information in connection with a report of what is believed to be a distraction burglary to a property in the area of Lyndhurst Road, Exmouth.

“A resident answered the door to a woman stating she had lost her cat and entered the property.

“It was later noticed that cash and watch was stolen – described as a Tudor gold watch with black strap.

“This took place at approximately 11am on Thursday, October 21.

“Please can residents be wary of this.

“Anyone offered a similar watch or with information/CCTV in the area mentioned is asked to contact 101 by emailing 101@dc.police.uk quoting crime CR/093060/21.”

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