By Liz HearnshawAN elderly couple have become the latest victims of bogus callers after two men called at their home, stealing cash and a pension book in a crime that police branded “despicable”.
By Liz Hearnshaw
AN elderly couple have become the latest victims of bogus callers after two men called at their home, stealing cash and a pension book in a crime that police branded “despicable”.
The bogus callers targeted the couple's home in Bury Road, Brandon, with one of the conmen claiming he was from the water board and needed to switch off the mains.
The elderly man who answered the door allowed the conman into the kitchen, but became suspicious and asked him to leave. He then saw a second man in his bedroom.
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After both the bogus callers had left, the couple checked their belongings and discovered a pension book and cash had been stolen.
Det Sgt Adrian Benford, of Suffolk police, said: “This is a despicable offence which has left the victims extremely upset.
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“We do not want to scare people, but it is possible that these offenders could strike again. However, as we have seen in the past, it can be very easy to reduce the chances of becoming a victim.”
Det Sgt Benford advised homeowners to always check the photographic identification of anyone knocking at their door and said residents should dial 999 if in any doubt.
The East Anglian Daily Times has also been running a Safe in Your Home campaign, providing advice cards for the elderly and vulnerable to refer to when confronted by a stranger on their doorstep.
The first bogus caller was white, about 5ft 7in tall, aged in his mid-20s, of medium build, clean-shaven and with short, untidy hair. He was wearing a waist-length jacket and light coloured jeans and spoke with an Irish accent.
The second conman was also white, aged in his 30s, about 5ft 5in tall, of stocky build, clean shaven, with short, straight, black hair and wearing a dark blue jacket.
Anyone with information about this incident, which happened at about 7.30pm on Monday, should contact Suffolk police on 01284 774100 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.