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Kent Police warning over bogus water board workers who robbed Kent pensioners in their 90s

Contributed by editor on Oct 09, 2019 - 12:30 PM

 

Detectives are seeking information over burglars posing as water board workers who have targeted elderly victims in and around the Medway area.


 

During the evening of Monday 30 September 2019 two women, both aged in their 90s, were visited by bogus callers at addresses near Rochester and in Gillingham.

It is reported that between 6.30pm and 7pm a man knocked on the door of a property near Rochester Road, Burham, claiming there was a water leak. He ignored a request from the victim for proof of identification and entered her kitchen and began looking under a sink.

 

When the man left, the victim discovered money and items of jewellery had been stolen.

At a similar time a second victim, living at an address in Elmfield, Gillingham also answered the door to a man claiming to be from a water company who said he needed to make some checks inside.

 

The victim did not see anyone else with him, however after he left she discovered cash had been stolen.

Police are continuing to investigate both incidents and are urging anyone with information to come forward.

 

Investigating officer, PC Richard Sears, said: ‘On each occasion vulnerable and elderly victims appear to have been deliberately targeted and distracted whilst another suspect has carried out searches of their homes. If you have seen anyone acting suspiciously in these areas please call us immediately.

PC Sears added: ‘It is important for residents to remember that although this type of crime is still very rare by taking a few simple measures you can protect your home. We would urge all house holders to double check that properties are secure and windows shut and not to allow anyone in their home who calls without invitation.’

If you have any information contact Kent Police on 01622 604100, quoting reference 46/188197/19 and 46/188249/19. Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or using the anonymous online form at www.Crimestoppers-uk.org


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