Handbags, cash, bank cards and jewellery were stolen from elderly victims in distraction burglaries across the Chilterns and South Bucks. 

Between 2pm and 4pm on Thursday (July 27) distraction burglaries took place in Northborough Road in Slough, Goose Green in Farnham Royal, Wycombe End in Beaconsfield, and one in Denham Garden Village - all targeting elderly women.

In two of the burglaries, the victims have answered the door to a woman asking for a pen and paper to leave a note for a neighbour.

On both occasions the woman then entered the victim’s home and distracted them whilst an accomplice has taken belongings from the home.

In the other two incidents, a woman came to the door of the homeowners and suggested she knew the victims and entered their homes uninvited. Again the offender left after a few moments and it’s believed that an accomplice has taken property from the homes. 

The offender is a white woman, with short brown hair, 5ft 4ins, medium build, wearing glasses. She was wearing a light-coloured jacket and trousers.

 No violence was used during the burglaries and none of the victims suffered any injuries.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Stuart Cook of the Investigation Hub based at Amersham police station, said: “We are appealing for anyone with information about these distraction burglaries which we believe may have been carried out by the same offenders.

“We would ask anyone with information to contact Thames Valley Police on 101.

“We would advise also that people remain vigilant and keep an eye on their elderly neighbours and relatives to make sure they are not being targeted by distraction burglars and report anything suspicious.

“We would also advise people not to let anyone into their home unless they are sure they are who they say they are.”