Norfolk Police are warning residents in the Thetford area to be vigilant following two distraction burglaries.
The two incidents took place on Saturday in Kimms Belt in Thetford between 4.30pm and 4.50pm and Hall Farm Gardens in East Winch between 6.20pm and 7pm.
In both places, two men claimed to be from a water company to gain entry into the victims’ properties and said there was a problem with their water supply and that they could help them. While one male distracted the victim, the other searched the property.
A leather handbag and two purses were stolen from the Thetford property and £100 was taken in East Winch.
Detectives are linking the two incidents and are particularly interested in hearing from anyone who may have more information on a black vehicle seen near the East Winch address.
DC Chris Parnham, of King’s Lynn CID, said: “Residents’ suspicions should always be aroused when they are confronted with unexpected and unknown callers. Always request and inspect ID from anyone who is requesting to enter your home before allowing them in, and if you remain suspicious call the police on 101.
“Likewise, if you are a resident with elderly or vulnerable neighbours, we would urge you to keep an eye out for their welfare and to report anything suspicious to us if you suspect that they are being taken advantage of. If you believe any vehicles to be involved, then we request that you note and report the registration if possible.”
Witnesses or anyone who may have more information should contact King’s Lynn CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.