Heartless doorstep criminals target Maidstone pensioner in his 90s

Contributed by editor on May 18, 2018 - 04:55 PM

Residents of housing association properties in Maidstone are being warned to be on their guard against doorstep criminals.

Police officers received a report that between Tuesday 1 May and Friday 4 May 2018, three men called at an address in Fant Lane stating they were from the housing association and were there to fix a leak.

Cash stolen

The occupant, a man in his 90s, allowed the men in and later discovered a quantity of cash had been stolen from his bedroom.

Subsequent checks confirmed the men were not employed by the housing association.

Inspector Giacomino Vail of the Maidstone Community Safety Unit said: ‘Maidstone residents should be alert if any tradesperson visits without an appointment and suggests work needs to be completed on the house.

‘If the caller says they are from a housing association, they should be asked to remain outside while checks are made with the company.

‘Anybody who is pestered by unwanted cold callers should advise them that contact will be made with Trading Standards and if necessary the police.’

Can you help?

Anyone with information that can help the investigation is asked to contact Kent Police on 01622 604100 quoting reference 16-667.

Alternatively contact Kent Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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