Con­men steal rings and ipad af­ter they tar­geted el­derly

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Special Report -

Po­lice are search­ing for con­men­whostruckat the homes of twoPeter­bor­ough­pen­sion­ers and claimed to be from “the water board”.

Jew­ellery and elec­tronic equip­ment was stolen by the bo­gus call­ers af­ter trick­ing their way into their vic­tims’ homes.

Both­bur­glar­ies hap­pened onDe­cem­ber19, with­the­first tak­ing place in School Road, New­bor­ough, near Peter­bor­ough at 1pm.

An84- year- old wom­anan­sweredthe­do­or­toa­man­who asked her to turn on the taps in the down­stairs bath­room. He also sug­gested she took off her rings as the water was hot, while he turned on the sink taps. Mean­while, a sec­ond man en­tered the house and searched the premises.

A short while later rel­a­tives of the vic­tim ar­rived and­both­men­walked­out, one claim­ing he had been there to of­fer­aquo­ta­tion­for­trim­ming trees. The men­had­stolen the vic­tim’s rings that she had re­moved in the bath­room.

One of the men was de­scribedaswhite, aged20to25, about 5’ 10’’ tall and dressed in dark cloth­ing. The other was sim­i­lar but about 5’ 6’’ tall.

The other in­ci­dent hap­pened in Law­son Av­enue, Stan­ground, Peter­bor­ough, whenaman­calle­datthe­home of a 75- year- old woman and said a water pipe had burst nearby and he was a site man­ager and needed to check the water pres­sure to her taps.

An­hourlaterthe­vic­tim­re­alised her iPad was miss­ing. The bur­glar was de­scribed as white, about six foot tall, mid­dle aged with grey curly hair. It is be­lieved hehadanac­com­plice.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should call po­lice on 101.

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