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Elderly women targeted by offenders

PUBLISHED: 10:48 01 May 2008 | UPDATED: 20:16 05 July 2010

DETECTIVES are appealing for information after several hundred pounds was stolen in two distraction burglaries at addresses in Lowestoft on Wednesday.

In both cases women in their 90s were targeted by offenders, who claimed there was a problem with the water supply to gain access to their homes and steal cash.

DETECTIVES are appealing for information after several hundred pounds was stolen in two distraction burglaries at addresses in Lowestoft on Wednesday.

In both cases women in their 90s were targeted by offenders, who claimed there was a problem with the water supply to gain access to their homes and steal cash.

The first incident occurred at a home at Church Green between 1.35pm and 1.55pm. The woman answered a knock at the door to find a man - described as white, in his mid 30s to early 40s, of slim to medium build, around 5ft 6ins tall, with a bald head and wearing a light coloured top and blue jeans - who said there was a problem with the water supply.

He entered the property and distracted the resident, asking her to turn on taps, but she became suspicious and pulled her emergency cord and then went to call police. The man left the property.

Initially it was thought nothing had been stolen, but it was later found that a quantity of cash had been taken.

The second incident occurred around 2.25pm at Lakeland Drive. The lady resident answered her doorbell to a man - described as white, aged in his 20s to early 30s, with short cropped fair hair, of medium build and around 5ft 6 - 5ft 7ins tall. He appeared to be wearing a dark coloured boiler suit or similar.

He stated that a neighbour had trouble with his water supply and gained access to the property, leaving the resident in her kitchen while he searched her home. A quantity of cash was stolen.

After the offender left the lady alerted her family and police were called.

Detectives are linking the incidents and are asking anyone who may have seen a man matching these descriptions in either of the areas to call.

If you think you saw the man - either walking or getting into a vehicle - or have any information about him please call Lowestoft CID on 01986 835300.

Police are also reminding residents not to let strangers into their homes without proper identification. If anyone suspects they may have been targeted please alert police immediately by dialing 999.

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