Tricksters steal large amount of cash from elderly man’s home

A large amount of cash has been stolen after a man was duped into allowing two men to carry out gardening work at his home in Newmarket.

The burglary took place on Tuesday, May 12, between 10am and noon at a property in Fitzroy Street.

Two men called at the address and offered to carry out some gardening work for the occupant, a man in his 80s. After a short time the pair said that their machinery had broken and whilst one man distracted the resident the other man entered the property and stole a large amount of cash.

The men are described as white, in their 20s, who may have had a white van.

Witnesses or those with any information or dash cam footage are asked to contact police. Officers would also like to hear from anybody else who has been approached in a similar way by those offering to carry out work.

Police are reminding residents to keep an eye on their neighbours’ homes, particularly elderly neighbours who may be vulnerable to bogus callers or rogue traders.

For crime prevention advice regarding cold callers and rogue traders, visit:

http://www.suffolk.police.uk/news/latest-news/rogue-trader-warning

https://www.suffolk.police.uk/sites/suffolk/files/coldcallers.pdf

Suffolk Constabulary has joined forces with a home security company to help make properties in the county more secure. Residents may wish to consider installing a Ring Video Doorbell device which can, via a motion sensor, capture footage of activity outside their property.

Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact West CID at Suffolk Police quoting crime reference 37/26124/20.

Website – http://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/existing-report-update

Email – Stephen.Clarke1@suffolk.pnn.police.uk

Crimestoppers – Contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their online form: www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Phone – Call 101.

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