Warning after bogus officials strike

Police tape.
Police tape.

Residents are being warned to be extra vigilant after bogus officials struck twice at pensioners’ homes.

The first incident happened at around 1pm on Bank Holiday Monday, April 21, at Shady Side, Hexthorpe, when a man claiming to be from St Leger Homes called at a 76-year-old woman’s house.

Once inside he said he needed to check the boiler and then asked for a cup of tea, before disappearing with the woman’s purse containing £70.

The offender is described as white, around 25 years, tall and skinny. He was wearing a dark coat and a jacket.

His victim was unharmed, but was left upset by the incident.

The second distraction burglary happened between 4pm and 4.30pm on Tuesday, 22 April, at Lytton Close, Balby.

Again a 76-year-old woman was targeted by a man who knocked at her door, said the gas was being turned off and tried to explain what action she should take.

He was allowed inside the house and asked for a drink. The woman left him for a moment, before he said he needed to get tools from a car – but he never returned.

The woman later realised her purse, containing her bus pass and £45, was missing.

The culprit is described as a white man aged in his twenties, slim, tall with dark hair. He was wearing dark clothing and a yellow worker’s waistcoat.

His victim was not hurt, but was left upset by the incident.

Any witnesses or anyone with information about either distraction burglary should contact South Yorkshire Police on: 101 and quote incident number 603 of 24 April, 2013, about the Hexthorpe matter and incident number 342 of 23 April, 2013, about the Balby crime.

Alternatively, people can ring Crimestoppers on: 0800 555111.