An elderly woman had her purse stolen on Boxing Day after being asked for a glass of water in an alleged distraction burglary.
An investigation was launched by officers at Northumbria Police after a report was made on December 26 of an alleged burglary at the home of an elderly woman on Disraeli Street, Blyth.
The alleged victim reported that a man had knocked on her door asking for a glass of water – but later discovered her purse and a couple of other items were missing.
Police believe the man had attempted to disguise his identity using a coat, scarf and glasses.
Christopher Beaney, 40 from Lonsdale Avenue, Bebside, was later arrested and charged with burglary.
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