CONMEN struck twice in an hour to dupe old people in Conisbrough out of their savings, detectives have revealed.
They are urging the public to be vigilant and more security conscious following the distraction burglaries which took place on Thursday.
In the first, two men purporting to be from the water board visited a house on Roberts Avenue between 6.30pm and 7.30pm.
While one man distracted the 85-year-old householder, the other searched the property.
They took cash and bank books.
At about the same time two men went to the home of an 80-year-old woman in Conan Road, again purporting to be from the water board.
She was distracted by one while the other searched the house and stole a substantial amount of cash.
Det Insp Steve Whittaker said: “Distraction burglars tend to target older, more vulnerable members of the public at their homes, by posing as ‘bogus officials’, more commonly from utility services or from any other organisation, and then gain entry into their homes.
“South Yorkshire Police take this type of crime extremely seriously and I want to reassure the public that we will do everything we can to catch and prosecute the criminals responsible for these crimes.”
He added distraction burglars tended to prey on the elderly and vulnerable, but all residents should be on their guard.
Householders are advised if someone calls at their door without an appointment, they should ask to see their ID and check with the company before allowing them to enter as most organisations will set appointments rather than ‘cold calling’.
Also, look out for strange vehicles outside the home and do not limit checks to old cars or vans as criminals will try and blend in by using new or professional looking cars.
Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting incident numbers 1096 or 1127 of November 3.