Man in Lawshall has cash stolen after bogus water officials get into his home

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An elderly man in his 80s had cash stolen from his Lawshall home yesterday during a distraction burglary.

Police are warning people to be on their guard after the man was conned into letting a man into his home at around 6pm.

Police say that the offender knocked at the back door saying he needed to check the water supply as a neighbour’s water had been contaminated. He went into the man’s kitchen buit then left.

The elderly man went to talk to his neighbour about the matter and as he walked to the end of the drive saw a black hatchback and two men standing in front of his home.

He was then convinced to let one of the men in and then saw a second man run into the house. He shouted at them and they ran off but cash had been taken. The vehicle drove off towards Long Melford.

The first offender is said to be white, 5ft 5ins to 6ft tall with auburn hair, aged betwene 25 and 35. He was clean shaven and wearing a blue long-sleeved jumper and light coloured trousers.

The second offender and third man were seen standing outside the property. The second man is said to be younger in age of slim build and wearing light coloured clothing. The third man is said to be tall.

Police say people should always ask for ID and not to admit anyone they feel is not genuine. They also ask people to keep an eye on neighbours, friends and family and call 999 if they think a bogus caller is at the door.

Contact Suffolk Police if you have any information about this incident on 101 and speak to Pc Lucy Rout from Hadleigh, crime reference SU/15/2049.