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Conmen target eight homes within hours

PUBLISHED: 07:49 25 May 2004 | UPDATED: 04:54 02 March 2010

EIGHT homes have been targeted by conmen in the space of a few hours.

Bogus callers struck at a sheltered housing complex in Wickham Market and targeted four homes and four other properties in Aldeburgh and Leiston were also hit on Saturday.

EIGHT homes have been targeted by conmen in the space of a few hours.

Bogus callers struck at a sheltered housing complex in Wickham Market and targeted four homes and four other properties in Aldeburgh and Leiston were also hit on Saturday.

Four of the incidents happened at the Richard Kitson Court sheltered housing complex in Chapel Lane, Wickham Market, between 5.15pm and 5.30pm.

Two men, who were working independently, got inside four homes and tried to get into another.

In three of the four cases, one of the men entered a flat by an unlocked door and, when confronted by the occupant, said he was looking for someone and left.

Nothing was stolen in the incidents, but the residents were said to have suffered a great deal of distress.

Four further incidents happened later that day, two in Aldeburgh High Street and two in Platers Walk, Leiston.

A man stole a small sum of cash from a property in High Street after getting inside via an unlocked door between 6pm and 6.30pm.

He told the 83-year-old woman resident he was from the housing association when he was confronted and then left.

A man entered the home of an 85-year-old woman in the same street between 8pm and 9.15pm, and claimed to be a police officer when he was confronted.

He asked her to check if she had any money stolen and to see if her kitchen had been broken into, and when she returned he had fled with cash.

The offender is described as white, aged 25 to 30-years-old, of slim build and he was wearing a blue short sleeved shirt and dark trousers.

Two further incidents happened in Platers Walk, Leiston, when men entered properties through unlocked doors at around 7pm. In both cases, the intruders were disturbed and left empty-handed.

Both men were said to be aged in their 20s and of slim build. One had dark hair and a tanned complexion while the other had fair hair and a pointed, thin nose.

Anyone with information about any of these incidents is asked to contact Woodbridge or Leiston CID on 01473 613500.

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