Distraction burglaries may be linked

By Harriet Ernstsons 06/04 Updated: 06/04 00:28

ELDERLY people across Redditch are being targeted by would-be thieves posing as workmen or claiming to be officials from the 'water board'.

Two distraction burglaries which took place between 4.45pm and 5pm on Tuesday (April 3) in Fladbury Close in Woodrow are being linked by police.

A man called at the homes of two pensioners, once claiming to work for the water board and once claiming he was fitting kitchens and needed to check the property's water pressure.

On both occasions he was allowed in and started checking radiators but the residents became suspicious, partly because he was wearing gloves, and told him to leave. It is not thought anything was taken.

He was white and in his 30s, about 5ft 5in, stocky with a rounded face and wide nose. He had short, cropped fair hair and was wearing blue jeans and a maroon coloured fleece top.

In another incident, which is not thought to be related, two men turned up at the home of a pensioner in Hollyberry Close in Winyates Green between 11am and 1pm last Thursday (March 29). They talked him into handing over a substantial sum of cash for roof repairs but left without doing the work. The victim also found a further sum of money had been stolen from the house when he let one of them inside to use the toilet.

Det Insp Terry Shore said: "These are despicable offences. Distraction burglars often prey on the elderly and other vulnerable people who need to be reminded never to let strangers inside their home whatever the reason they give.

"Unless an appointment has been made and a utility worker has an ID card or pre-agreed password which can be verified they should not get past the front door."

Anyone with any information should call Redditch CID on 0300 333 3000, quoting incident number 219-N-030412, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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