CCTV issued as man in his 90s targeted by sneak-in burglar

Police have issued CCTV of a man they want to speak to in connection with a sneak-in burglary at the Swaledale home of a man in his nineties.

On 24 September 2013, and unbeknown to the victim, a man entered the victim’s home through his unlocked front door.

elderly burglary

elderly burglary

The man is seen to sneak in and remove cash from the victim’s wallet before leaving through the front door.

It is believed that the man had called at the victim’s home several months earlier and asked to use his toilet. Officers believe that the man spoke with a Liverpool accent.

Detective Constable Karl Middlemiss of Northallerton CID, said: “Targeting elderly people is one of the most cruel and cowardly crimes we have to deal with and we urge members of the public to contact us as a matter of urgency if they can help identify the suspect in the images.

“I also want to urge people to lock their doors even when they are at home to help deter this type of crime. If you have elderly or vulnerable relatives, neighbours or friends, please encourage them to lock their doors and keep an eye out for any suspicious callers or vehicles at their home. Please call the police if you see any suspicious activity, no matter how insignificant you think it may be, you could help prevent a crime or lead us to an arrest.”

Anyone who recognises the man from the CCTV is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Northallerton CID. Or you can email

Alternatively, if you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

If you see a crime in progress, always dial 999.

Please quote incident number 12130127701 when passing on information about this incident.