Bogus callers trick OAP

PUBLISHED: 15:36 08 March 2007 | UPDATED: 10:14 31 May 2010

BOGUS callers stole cash from an upstairs room in an elderly woman s home. The Clavering woman was tricked when a man pretending to be from the water board entered her home on Wednesday. It is the third incident reported to police inside three weeks, foll

BOGUS callers stole cash from an upstairs room in an elderly woman's home.

The Clavering woman was tricked when a man pretending to be from the water board entered her home on Wednesday.

It is the third incident reported to police inside three weeks, following burglaries in Saffron Walden and Great Chesterford on Wednesday February 21.

The 88-year-old woman, of Skains Way, was called upon at 1pm by a man described as being aged 20 to 30-years-old, medium build and with short, dark hair.

He entered the property and distracted the lady by turning on the taps. Police believe another man then went upstairs and stole the money.

Sgt Ashley Seymour said: "We believe there was another male involved in the crime, but unfortunately we only have the description of one.

"If you haven't got a door chain fitted, please get one. If anyone else feels they may have been visited by people like these and are concerned please call us."

A spokesman for Three Valleys Water, which supplies Saffron Walden and the surrounding villages, said: "Be absolutely sure the people who call on you are genuine before opening the door to them."

Anyone with information about these crimes should call police on 01799 513232.

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