Conmen target elderly in series of burglaries

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Police are urging residents to be vigilant against distraction burglars following a spate of incidents yesterday.

The first took place at around 12.30pm in Park Road, Sudbury, when a man called at a property and was met by a woman in her 70s. The conman claimed he needed to read the gas and electricity meter.

When the elderly woman challenged the caller, he left abruptly, getting into a dark-coloured, dirty, four-door saloon and driving off in the direction of Waldingfield Road. A woman was also seen in the passenger seat.

The man is described as white, in his late 40s, around 6ft tall, of medium build, clean shaven and with short, dark hair. He was wearing dark clothing and a puffer jacket.

Similar incidents were also carried out in Lowestoft and Ipswich later in the afternoon, with items being stolen on each occasion.

A police spokeswoman said residents needed to follow simple crime prevention measures to avoid becoming a victim of distraction burglars.

These include keeping doors locked even when at home, checking who is at the door before answering and using a door chain.

Verifying the details of who is at the door by checking an identity card should also be carried out.

Anyone with information in relation to the incidents should contact Suffolk Police on 101.