Police warn elderly of bogus callers after attempted burglary
POLICE have warned elderly people to beware of bogus callers after an attempted burglary in Durham Close, Canterbury.
A man claiming to be from a company carrying out roadworks further down the road, knocked at a couple's door at 11.30am on Wednesday, June 13, and warned them a broken sewer pipe had contaminated their water.
After he had asked them to run the taps and fill containers so he could test the water, the couple became suspicious and went upstairs where they found two more men in the house.
When they threatened to call police the men fled in the direction of Cambridge Road.
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The first man was described as being tanned and with dark brown hair, and wearing dark trousers and a light-coloured, long-sleeved shirt. One of his accomplices was 5ft tall, stocky, with a tanned round face, dark hair and wearing a light-blue shirt.
The other was 5ft 10in with short dark brown hair. He was wearing a dark suit.
The incident occurred less than a month after the same couple, in their 80s, had four war medals and £200 stolen from their home in Miller Avenue, by a man claiming to be from the water board.
Detective Sergeant Chris Greenstreet said: "This was a despicable crime against vulnerable people. The victims did exactly the right thing and raised the alarm as soon as they became suspicious. As a result, these men did not get away with anything. Representatives from water, gas and electric companies rarely make house calls without appointments. If there is a real gas or water emergency, police and firefighters are likely to be present.
"I would advise anyone with elderly neighbours and relatives to remind them about not letting anyone in who they are not expecting.
"If you have any suspicions, do not hesitate to call the police on 101."
If you saw the men, call 101 quoting reference ZY/166252/12.