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Appeal after pensioner targeted by bucket burglar in Smethwick

Police are appealing for information after an 80-year-old man was threatened with a knife by a distraction burglar in Smethwick.

The pensioner answered his front door to a man with a bucket who claimed he needed water for his broken down car around 7.10pm last night (Thursday 31 January).

He was asked to wait outside while he got some water, but the man forced his way into his home in Thimblemill Road.

He pulled out the knife and demanded money, fleeing with cash and a bank card after making the elderly man provide his pin number.

The pensioner was left shaken but fortunately uninjured. CCTV and house to house enquiries are being carried out to identify the man responsible as well as an increase in reassurance patrols in the area.

The offender is believed to be white and aged in his 20s. Anyone with information is urged to contact police as soon as possible.

DC Kenny Crawford, from force CID at Sandwell, said: "This was a terrifying ordeal and we need to find the coward who did this. We are working round the clock to identify this man.”

Anyone with information can contact us via Live Chat at west-midlands.police.uk between 8am and midnight, call 101 anytime or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Quote crime reference number 20SW/26596C/19.

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