Police launch hunt for bogus callers

POLICE hunting bogus callers responsible for a spate of crimes at the homes of elderly people in west Suffolk have released computer-generated pictures of the conmen.

POLICE hunting bogus callers responsible for a spate of crimes at the homes of elderly people in west Suffolk have released computer-generated pictures of the conmen.

Det-con Matt Little from Bury St Edmunds CID said: “It is of paramount importance that we catch these offenders before they prey on any more elderly and vulnerable members of our community.

“I would urge you to take a good look at these e-fits and see if you recognize the offenders. It may be that they called at your address or you think they live nearby.

“You must call Suffolk police as a matter of urgency - no matter how insignificant you think your information may be, it could hold the key to us identifying these offenders before they strike again.”


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In the first incident, at 1pm on March 14, a man called on an elderly woman on Greene Road, Bury, and claimed to be from the water board. He requested she turn off her water. He left in the direction of Newmarket Road when she got suspicious and said she was going to call a neighbour.

Between 2.30pm and 2.50pm the same day a man knocked on the door of an elderly couple on Kirby Rise, Barham, posing as a water board official. It is believed that a second conman then entered the home and stole cash.

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The man who originally knocked on the door is described as white, in his 30s, with black cropped hair, facial stubble, medium build and wearing a dark blue jacket and jeans - when in the house he wore gloves.

On March 20 callers struck at the home of an elderly couple in Mayfield Road, Bury, between 12.15pm and 12.30pm claiming to be from the gas board. On that occasion nothing was stolen. The caller was white, 5ft 10in tall, short brushed back hair, in his mid 20s and had a thin face.

Anyone with information should contact police on 01284 774100 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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