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Elderly in Malmesbury targeted by night conmen
Doorstep conmen have struck twice in as many weeks, preying on pensioners in the Malmesbury area.
The latest victim is an 83-year-old man from Great Somerford who answered his door late at night to a trickster claiming to be from a security firm carrying out checks in the area following recent burglaries.
While he kept the pensioner talking at the front door of his home in Winkins Lane at 10.55pm on October 14, an accomplice slipped in through the back door.
He rifled through the elderly man’s kitchen and living room, although it is not believed anything was stolen.
Police have confirmed a similar offence involving an elderly woman took place in Grittleton last week.
Sergeant Martin Alvis said: “When you are at home and it is dark, keep your doors locked whenever possible. If you get cold callers at that time of night, be very suspicious.
“Ask them for identification and certainly don’t let anybody in.
“If it is a police officer in plain clothes it would normally be a pre-arranged appointment and they would have their warrant card.
“It the person is genuine they won’t mind you checking their authenticity.
“If you suspect it is a crime, call us.”
Police have confirmed that patrols in the area have been increased following another, albeit unrelated, burglary last week at a house in York Lane, Brinkworth.
Burglars smashed a rear window and entered the house between 9am and 3pm on October 14, stealing a TV and iPad.
A similar burglary, in which an iPad was taken, occurred in The Hill, Little Somerford, a week earlier.
If you see anything suspicious or want to report a suspected burglary, call police on 111
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