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E-fits released after elderly West Molesey duped by bogus workman

16 Jun, 2017 16:28 News Witness Appeals

Surrey Police has released e-fits of two men they would like to speak to after an elderly West Molesey resident was duped by bogus workmen posing as Water Board employees.

The incident occurred between 3pm and 4pm on Wednesday, 7 June when a man knocked on the victim's door at a property in Fernbank Avenue stating that he needed to turn down the water pressure as he was carrying out work nearby.

The bogus workman entered the kitchen and asked the victim, a gentleman in his 70s, to empty a cupboard so that he could access the pipework and check the pressure. Whilst he was doing so two other men entered the property and were discovered in the lounge pretending to check for damp.

The victim grew suspicious and asked the three men to leave the property, he later realised that a quantity of cash was missing.

PC Richard Daniels said: "This was an extremely upsetting incident for the victim who had been saving for a long time to pay for his funeral expenses.

“Any members of public who saw anyone acting suspiciously, or in an unusual manner in the Fernbank Avenue area at the time of this offence should contact officers as soon as possible by calling 101.  Any information could prove vital to help identify these men and assist in bringing them to justice.

“Stealing from the elderly is a despicable crime and I advise residents to remain vigilant and be on their guard with any unexpected visitors. However convincing their story may seem - always check for identification before letting anyone into your home and call the organisation for confirmation before letting the person in if you have any doubt.

“I would urge anyone who has an elderly neighbour, or relative, to help by making them aware of the potential risks and keep an eye out for suspicious people around their properties.”

An investigation is underway and house to house enquiries have been undertaken.  If you can help, please contact Surrey Police on 101, quoting crime reference number 45170059888 or report online at quoting the reference number in the additional information section.

Alternatively, if you do not wish to leave your name, call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.



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