Bogus callers target OAPs

DETECTIVES are today investigating three bogus caller incidents in Suffolk, where elderly victims were targeted.

Rebecca Lefort

DETECTIVES are today investigating three bogus caller incidents in Suffolk, where elderly victims were targeted.

The first burglary happened at about 3.10pm on Monday in Newbury Road, Ipswich, when a 76-year-old woman answered a knock at her front door to a man who appeared to have the wrong address.

A few minutes later there was a second knock and she was greeted by another man who said there had been problems with the water at a neighbour's house and that he needed to turn the water off.

He gained entry to the house and distracted the woman for several minutes asking her to fill pots and pans with water before he disappeared.

The woman then discovered her home had been searched; however nothing seemed to have been stolen.

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The man was white, in his mid 20s to mid 30s, of broad, stocky build, with dark hair and a squashed nose. He wore a white t-shirt with blue stripes and blue jeans.

He appeared to be with two other men, one white, of similar age, 5ft 11ins to 6ft, with light brown hair and wearing a light coloured top, light blue jeans and white trainers, and the other 5ft 6ins, of similar age with dark hair.

The second distraction burglary happened at a home in Orford Road, Tunstall, shortly after 4pm on Monday.

An 86-year-old man answered a knock at the door to a man who began talking about water and said that he had to gain entry because of a problem with the supply.

He entered the house and distracted the resident by asking him to turn taps on and off. Moments later he said he had to leave and the man then spotted a second burglar inside his home. Both men left, taking several hundred pounds, a gold sovereign and half sovereign.

One of the men is described as white, aged in his late teens to 20s, around 5ft 10ins, of slim build with dark hair and was wearing a green and white shirt and dark trousers. The other was in his 20s of larger build and 5ft 7ins to 5ft 8ins.

The third burglary happened at Folly End in Aldeburgh around 5pm on Monday.

A 69-year-old woman answered her door to a man who began talking about drains.

He entered the property and asked her to turn the tap on. She found the sink overflowing and then found a second man who made further comments about the water.

Both men then left telling her not to let anyone come in. She then discovered that a quantity of cash had been stolen.

Anyone with information about the crimes should call Suffolk Police on 01473 613500.

- Have you been the victim of bogus callers? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN or e-mail