Pensioner targeted in Woodford Green distraction burglary
PUBLISHED: 16:51 14 September 2015 | UPDATED: 17:07 14 September 2015
Fraudsters tricked a pensioner and her son and stole a three-figure sum of money from their home.
Two men knocked at the property in Love Lane, Woodford Green, between 11.45am and 11.55am on Thursday and the told the woman, in her 90s, and her son that there was a leak in the kitchen.
One of the suspects went into the kitchen with the victims, while the other searched the house and took a three figure sum of money from a purse and wallet.
One of the men is described as white, aged in his 30s and of average build. He had short dark hair, dark eyebrows and wore black clothes.
The other man is described as white, aged in his 20s, and of average build. He had short blond or light brown hair and wore a white shirt.
Officers are appealing for anyone who saw two men acting suspiciously in the area to call Loughton CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
An Essex Police statement read: “Police would like to remind members of the public to be aware that while most people who call at their home will have a genuine reason for doing so, they can take a few simple precautions to protect themselves and their homes.
“Bogus callers are creative and their reasons for needing entry into your home can seem plausible, but be cautious.
“Representatives from water, gas and electric companies are unlikely to call at your home without an appointment.”
Police are urging homeowners to ask callers for identification.
The statement added: “If you do not want callers in your home, tell them. If they fail to listen, contact police. Do not be pressured into letting someone into your home if you have suspicions.
“Consider installing and using a door chain. Keep the door on the chain until you have seen identification and do not leave doors open and unattended.”
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