A man claiming to be from a well-known animal shelter stole items after being invited into a house.

Police are calling for witnesses and CCTV footage of an event on Moor Avenue, Witney, where a man claimed to be from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, knocked on the door of a property, showed interest in some items on display and then entered.

After he left, the victim noticed an item on display was missing.

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Distraction burglars pretend to be someone they are not in order to gain entry to a home.

Common methods include pretending to be from a care agency, the council or a utility company.

They also commonly work in teams, with one person distracting the victim while the other searches the home.


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This story was written by Matthew Norman, he joined the team in 2022 as a Facebook community reporter.

Matthew covers Bicester and focuses on finding stories from diverse communities.

Get in touch with him by emailing: Matthew.norman@newsquest.co.uk

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