Police issue advice after residents targeted by bogus callers in Barnsley

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Police in Barnsley are reminding residents to be vigilant following three suspected bogus caller incidents over the bank holiday weekend.

A 61-year-old man noticed his wallet and some money missing after a man called at his home in Yewdale, Worsborough, at about 5pm on Saturday, May 23.

The man purported to be watering plants in the homeowner’s garden, knocked on the window and asked for a drink.

After making the man a drink inside, the resident later discovered his wallet and some money missing.

Officers received another report of a distraction burglary at a property in Ravenholt, Worsborough at about 5.20pm.

A 89-year-old woman was sitting outside her home when a man approached her and asked if he could do some gardening.

She went inside the property to fetch some equipment for the man and when she came back she noticed her handbag was missing.

A 79-year-old man was targeted at a property in Yews Lane, Kendray at about midday on Sunday, May 24.

The pensioner noticed a man in the garden who claimed to be looking for his dog.

The man then asked the resident for a cigarette and entered the property, before leaving a short time later. It was later discovered that a wallet and cash were missing.

Detective Sergeant Stuart Hall: “With summertime approaching, residents may be approached and asked about gardening work.

“If you have any concerns or doubts about an individual approaching your home or offering services, do not be afraid to question their validity. Ask for an identification card and if you need to, close your door and make a phone call to the company they say they work for to confirm their information.

“The same advice goes for any cold caller that may approach your home. If in doubt, check it out – if you suspect suspicious behaviour, please report it to police via 101.”

A 38-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the investigation and has been bailed pending further enquiries.

Enquiries are ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting incident number 727 of May 23, 2015 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.