Conmen prey on elderly in doorstep scam
POLICE are investigating a string of bogus caller burglaries at the homes of elderly people in the Ashford area.
In the first incident, a man knocked on the door of a 95-yearold woman in Downsview, Charing, last Friday afternoon, saying he was from the water board and needed to check the taps.
He went straight into the kitchen and the woman left the front door open. The man began to fill her kettle with water and then a second man appeared, saying he was going to speak to a neighbour and left, closing the kitchen door behind him.
After the first man left the pensioner telephoned her neighbour to ask if the water board had visited. She alerted the police and it was discovered a quantity of cash had been stolen from the home.
The offenders were both white and aged between 35 and 45. The first was 6ft tall, of stocky build and with short hair. He was wearing dark trousers and a light top. The second man was the same height and wearing a mid-length dark-coloured duffle coat and dark shoes.
The same afternoon, a man aged between 25 to 35 called at the house of a 96-year-old woman in Barrow Hill, Ashford, and told her he had come to test the water. She refused to let him in, but at about 7pm she found the same man had got into her house and was searching the kitchen. He was joined by another man with frizzy hair and shortly after a third man came into the house and started to search upstairs.
The lady was shocked but unhurt and police are checking to see if anything was stolen.
Last Monday, another man called at a home in Osborne Road, Willesborough, offering to cut the lawn, saying that for the first time he would do it for free. When he was taken into the back garden to inspect the lawn it is believed the front door was left open.
The man left saying he would come back to complete the work but never returned and later the owner discovered a purse had been stolen from a coat. The man is described as aged 30 to 35, 5ft 2in tall with a chubby face and short dark brown hair. He was wearing a polo neck shirt and blue dungarees.
In another incident in Bethersden Road, Smarden, an 82-year-old woman had money stolen from her handbag after a caller asked for a drink. He was aged between 45-50, 6ft tall, of medium build with short grey hair and stubble. He was wearing a dark coloured hat, possibly woollen, a navy blue zip up jacket, dark coloured bottoms and white trainers and spoke with a southern accent.
The men being sought in connection with incidents in Charing and Smarden
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