10th Aug, 2020

Residents warned to be vigilant after elderly fall victim to distraction burglaries

Laura Kearns 29th Jun, 2020

RESIDENTS have been warned to be vigilant after two elderly women fell victim to recent distraction burglaries.

The first happened around 11am on Friday (June 26) at a home on Holt Avenue in Bishops Tachbrook.

A man claiming to check the boiler knocked on the door and was let in by the victim – a woman in her 80s.

He did not say anything further and shortly after he left, the victim noticed jewellery – including two gold watches, a sapphire bracelet, and heart and oval shaped lockets – had been taken.

The man was white, around 5ft 7in tall, slim, with dark hair. He was dressed smartly wearing a fluorescent coat and dark trousers.

The second incident, which police believe was linked, took place around 30 minutes later at a property on Campion Road in Leamington.

A man came to the door claiming he needed to check the boiler.

He was let into the house by the victim – a woman in her 80s – before saying he needed to leave to collect paperwork. He did not return and the victim subsequently noticed a quantity of jewellery had been taken.

The man is described as being white, under 6ft tall, with dark hair. He was reported to be wearing a face covering, and possibly a denim type jacket or shirt. He may also have worn a hat.

Det Sgt Stuart Hinton said: “Understandably both of these incidents, which we believe to be linked, were concerning for the victims.

“We are investigating them fully and would appeal for those who saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area at the time or noticed any vehicles that may have seemed out of place to come forward.

“We would also like to take this opportunity to remind our communities of our advice around people calling at your door. There may be some individuals seeking to trick their way into your home and although their stories can be very convincing, they are often not genuine.

“Genuine callers will usually have an appointment and anyone who is cold calling should be asked for identification. If you are in any doubt, do not let them in and either call the utility company they are claiming to be from to confirm their identity, or if it is an emergency, dial 999.

“Finally we would encourage you to share our advice below particularly with any elderly and vulnerable individuals you may know so they can be aware of this type of incident and remain vigilant to these types of opportunists.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101.

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