Con artist preys on 87-year-old

SUFFOLK police are today appealing for information after a distraction burglary in Bury St Edmunds.An 87-year-old man was at his home on Jubilee Court at 1.45pm yesterday when a woman came to his door and told him he had not changed a bit

SUFFOLK Police are today appealing for information after a distraction burglary in Bury St Edmunds.

An 87-year-old man was at his home on Jubilee Court at 1.45pm yesterday when a woman came to the door and told the man he hadn't changed a bit.

He assumed it was an old friend and let the woman in. They looked around the house together.

Fifteen minutes later the man's wife returned home to find the woman gone and money stolen.

The woman is described as white, around 45-years-old, 5ft 8in tall, of medium build with short blonde, styled, hair and was wearing a long green dress or skirt.

Chief superintendent Mark Cordell says: “This is another example of an older adult being taken advantage of by a heartless criminal who persuaded him that she was an old friend and as a result he allowed her into his house. This is a change of tact from claiming that there is a water or gas leak and shows how far these people will go to steal from the elderly within our community.”

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Anyone with any information about this incident should call Dc James Rolfe at Bury CID on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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