A MAN in his 90s and a woman in her 80s were the victims of a distraction burglary this week.

Police are investigating after jewellery and cash were stolen from the couple's home in the Shelley Drive area of Burnham-on-Sea.

The elderly couple were watching TV just after 8pm on Wednesday (December 1) when a man entered their home and started talking about drainage work due to start the next day.

He asked to look at drains at the back of their house, and when the victims walked back into the living room, there was a second man standing by the front door. Both men then left.

The couple then found their belongings tipped onto their bed and items of jewellery and cash stolen.

The first offender was described as white, about 6ft tall, of muscular build, and he was wearing a black woollen hat, with a black scarf pulled over his face. He was also wearing a black zip-up coat and dark coloured bottoms.

The second man was also white, about 6ft tall and also dressed in black clothing.

If you saw two men matching these descriptions in the area of the incident on Wednesday evening, or have any other information which could help the police – including if you have been offered any of the items listed below for sale – call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5221282905.

The stolen items were:

  • A gold band ring with a turquoise stone;
  • A ring with a black stone and diamonds in the shape of a flower;
  • A gold band ring with an imitation diamond;
  • A gold band wedding ring with an 18ct diamond;
  • A gold band ring with a red ruby and a diamond;
  • A 14ct white gold ring with diamonds;
  • A watch with a gold and diamante bracelet, with a small plain face;
  • Another watch with a diamante face and gold bracelet.

If you can help, either call police on 101 or alternatively contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or use the charity's anonymous online form, using the reference number 5221282905 in both cases.