Appeal after heartless trickster dupes elderly man

Lincolnshire Police news.
Lincolnshire Police news.

Police are appealing for information after a fraudster tricked his way into an elderly man’s home and stole his late wife’s jewellery.

At around 12.20pm yesterday (Thursday March 9), a man knocked on the door of the property in Lockington Crescent, Dunstable. He gained access to the home of the elderly victim by claiming he was a tree surgeon, telling the victim he needed to cut down a tree in the garden.

The victim paid the man £100, but a short time later he realised the offender had gone upstairs and stolen his late wife’s jewellery and a large sum of money.

One offender is described as a white man, in his mid-30’s, of stocky build and with an Irish accent. A possible second offender is described as a white man, slightly shorter than the first.

Detective Constable Colin Knight, investigating, said: “We are keen to trace the heartless individuals who tricked the elderly victim, and to recover the victim’s late wife’s jewellery which obviously holds great sentimental value. If you were in the area at the time and saw a van and a number of men acting suspiciously, please get in touch with us. I would also urge anyone who knows who is responsible, or anyone who has been offered any jewellery for sale, to get in touch with us to help us apprehend the people responsible.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call DC Knight on 101 quoting crime reference number: JD/9835/2017. Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously 0800 555 111.

Distraction burglary advice:

If you have an unexpected knock on the door never open it to strangers, consider installing a door chain and always keep it on

If unsure of the visitor’s identity always ask for their ID first and telephone the company they are purporting to be from, and use the telephone numbers listed in your local directory or provided independently by your service provider

Discuss any work you feel needs carrying out on your property with a relative or friend who can help you find a reputable trader

Check whether traders are members of the Consumer Codes Approval Scheme or the Government Trust Mark scheme

Don’t agree to any work or sign anything on the spot. Do not be pressured into having any work carried out

Never pay cash up front and never go to the bank or cash point with a trader

If you suspect a rogue trader is at your door then call 999