A trio of burglars made off with a haul worth £900 after distracting a man in his eighties in what has been described as ‘a despicable crime’.
Police have released e-fits of two of the burglars, who targeted the octogenarian at his Crowland Road home between 1.45pm and 2pm last Wednesday (7).
The victim answered a call at the door to a man claiming he was working on the main water supply and he needed to come in and check that his supply did not contain any ‘blue’.
The victim led the man through to the kitchen where he turned on the cold tap to let the water run through.
After around five minutes a second man came into the kitchen and said the water in the downstairs bathroom also needed checking.
Both men went into the bathroom with the victim and after running the tap and flushing the toilet, they made their way to leave.
At this point the victim saw a third man coming down the stairs and realised what was happening.
The three suspects all left the house in a hurry and the victim then went upstairs to find both bedrooms had been ransacked.
The burglars stole items including £400 in cash, an engraved white metal mans watch valued at £300 and a ladies engagement ring with three hearts inset with blue stones worth £200.
The first man is described as white, aged 18/19 years old, around five ft eight in tall, of a slim build with brown hair.
He was wearing green coloured trousers and top and a green peaked cap with a logo on the front.
He spoke with a local accent and was carrying a walkie-talkie.
The second man is described as white aged between 25 and 30 years old, around six ft tall, of a slim build and with short light-coloured hair.
He was wearing dark trousers and a dark coloured jumper.
He also spoke with a local accent and carried a walkie-talkie.
The third man is described as white aged 20/21 years old, six ft tall and of slim build.
He was wearing black trousers, a black top and a dark coloured peak cap.
Anyone with information about this crime, or who thinks they may know these men, is asked to contact Bury St Edmunds CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
Acting Inspector Mel Leaman said: “This is a despicable crime for them to take advantage of an elderly person.
“Please check people’s ID when they come to your house and if in any doubt keep the door closed and phone the relevant authority.”
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