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Suffolk constabulary arrest two after Lavenham,Wickham Skeith and Palgrave distraction burglaries

Two men have been arrested after allegedly targeting elderly residents in distraction burglaries.

The pair, who have not been named by police, were said to have operated in Suffolk villages on January 16 and 17.

The 22-year-old and 36-year-old were arrested on suspicion of burglary and robbery on February 3 and taken to Bury St Edmunds police station before being bailed, to return on February 24.

Suffolk Constabulary said two men have been bailed
Suffolk Constabulary said two men have been bailed

The first incident occurred at a property in Sudbury Road, Lavenham, on January 16, when a man rang a bungalow's doorbell and entered without being invited.

Suffolk Constabulary said he then proceeded to claim he was a police officer, demanding money from the female resident before he went into the bedroom of a bed-bound elderly man. The female occupant then went to phone a relative and the suspect left. Nothing was stolen, no force was used and no one was hurt.

In the second incident on January 17, a man knocked on the kitchen window of a property in The Green,Wickham Skeith, and kept asking a resident where money was kept. Police said the victim, an 80-year-old man, went out to tell the offender he didn’t know anything about any money and was then followed back inside. The victim challenged the offender, before offering him money - which he did not accept and then left the house.

Wickham Skeith (6993356)
Wickham Skeith (6993356)

A third incident also occurred on January 17 in Grange Road, Wickham Skeith, when an offender, who claimed to be a police officer, knocked at the door of a female victim’s home and claimed to belong to the fraud squad. He then questioned the victim regarding a payment for a drive and, when she was distracted, stole cash from her purse. The victim, in her 70s, said she would call a family member and the suspect left.

A fourth incident was also reported on January 17 in Goulds Close, Palgrave. An unknown male offender approached the property and looked through a window and tried to speak to the victim. The suspect then went around the back and pushed the victim, a man in his 80s, taking an amount of cash from him. The victim was unhurt but shaken.

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