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Warning Over Bogus Callers

Posted: 05/06/2007 18:15:56

Warning Over Bogus Callers In Stroud and Wotton-under-Edge

Police are once again urging members of the public, in particular the elderly and vulnerable, to be aware of bogus callers.

The warning comes after Gloucestershire Police received two reports of distraction burglaries in the same day.

The first incident happened at around midday yesterday afternoon (Monday June 4) when a 71-year-old man from Wotton-under-Edge had more than £200 in cash stolen from his home.

Two men knocked on the victim's door at around midday yesterday (Monday June 4th) asking is they could go into his garden at his property in Wortley.

The offenders claimed they were doing work for a neighbour and they needed access to the victim's back garden to access a fence.

The pensioner escorted one of the men down to the bottom of his garden leaving the second man by his back door.

Shortly after the second man joined his friend and the pensioner returned to hi home leaving them alone.

He then saw the pair running very quickly from the garden and out into the front of the house where they jumped into a white car and sped off.

The elderly man then realised that £240 in cash as well as a brown leather wallet containing bankcards and a driving license as well as pension cards had been taken from the house.

Police are now keen to trace the two men and they are described as white with Irish accents. One was around 20-years-old around five-foot-nine-inches with an athletic build and short tidy brown hair. He was wearing blue and white stripy shirt and dark trousers.

The second incident involving a bogus caller happened at around 12.30pm yesterday at a property in Stroud.

An unknown offender posing as men from the water board approached a 90-year-old woman at her home in Belmont ROAD.

He told her he needed to turn off her water, as there had been a leak further up the road.

He then escorted the pensioner to her upstairs bathroom to check on the taps there and when they returned downstairs the woman noticed that her front door was wide open.

After the offender left the elderly woman noticed that drawers in her upstairs rooms had been searched as well as other room downstairs.

It is not known as yet what was taken from the house.

The man is described as white with a medium build and around five-foot-three inches tall and around 40 years old.
He had short light coloured hair, which was receding at the front and wearing a blue long sleeved waist length waterproof jacket and dark coloured
trousers.

Chief Superintendent Dean Walker said: "Conmen are operating in the area and we would urge all members if the public, in particular the elderly and vulnerable, to be wary of anybody calling unannounced at their door. Always ask for identification and call whichever company they claim to be representing to check they are in the area.
If you are in any doubt refuse to let them into your home or call 999 immediately."

Anybody with any information is asked to call 0845 090 1234 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting incidents 256 and 331 respectively of June 4th.

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