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Fornham All Saints distraction burglary involving men claiming to work for council could be linked to four other incidents

A distraction burglary in which two men targeted an elderly woman in Fornham All Saints by claiming to work for the council could be linked to four other incidents in West Suffolk.

The incident was at some point between 11.30am and noon on Tuesday, May 21 at a home in Pound Meadow.

The victim, a woman aged in her 80s, answered the door to two men claiming to work for the council who were there to fix a water problem.

Police. Stock picture.
Police. Stock picture.

Both men entered the home, with one walking into the kitchen while the other made his way upstairs.

The men did not produce identification when asked and left suddenly.

It was only after they had left that the victim discovered her purse, containing a quantity of cash and cards, was missing.

Both men are described as white, in their late 20s and approximately 5ft 9ins in height with brown hair.

Police are investigating whether this incident relates to a further four burglaries reported to the west of the county on the same day.

Jewellery and a Gucci handbag was stolen from a home, in Cheveley Road, Newmarket, at some point between 9am and 2pm.

Cash and jewellery were taken from a property, in Duchess Drive, Newmarket, between 9am and 3.30pm.

Cash, jewellery and a computer hard drive were stolen from a property in Pigeon Lane, Fornham All Saints, between 7.45am and 4pm.

Cash and jewellery were taken from a property in Holden Road, Lackford, between 8am and 4pm.

Suffolk Police said the majority of the burglaries involve houses being entered by force rather than because of insecurities and are urging members of the public to be their eyes and ears and ‘See it, Hear it, Report it’.

They are also reminding residents to be cautious when answering the door to cold callers.

A spokeswoman said: "Unfortunately, not everyone who calls at your door is who they seem so you should always be on your guard.

"If they don’t have a good reason to be there or if you are at all suspicious then phone the police immediately.

"It’s your home, you do not have to let everyone in.

"Genuine callers won’t mind waiting whilst you make the appropriate checks to ensure they are legitimate."

Anyone with information relating to any of the incidents above are urged to contact West CID at Suffolk Police on 101 quoting reference 37/28730/10 or via www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/existing-report-update.

Alternatively, call the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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