Police warn elderly after spate of distraction burglaries in Sutton
Elderly people have been the victims of a spate of distraction burglaries this week.
An 87-year-old, a 90-year-old and a 91-year-old have all been the victims of so-called distraction burglars who visit their victims' homes and trick them ion order to burgle them since Monday.
A 90-year-old man answered the door to a caller at his home in Balmoral Road, Worcester Park, on Thursday. The visitor said he needed to check if blocked guttering was causing water to get into the house. He went upstairs and said there was a problem he could fix for £150.
The elderly man agreed to pay him for the work and went to his cash box to get the money. As he opened the box, a second man appeared upstairs and asked him to open the side door. He did so then the visitors said they needed to leave to get a ladder. When the man went back upstairs £1,000 had gone missing from his cash box.
The previous day, an 87-year-old woman had £500 stolen from her by a caller who she invited in for a cup of tea at her home in Blenheim Gardens, Wallington. She had withdrawn the money earlier in the day and mistook the caller for a neighbour's son.
A 91-year-old fell victim to a distraction burglar who claimed he wanted to check her doors and windows on Monday.
Police have advised people never to let unknown or unexpected callers into their homes and say if you have suspicions about someone who comes to your house you should call 999 immediately.
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