Bogus charity workers rob elderly in Surrey
Elderly homeowners in Surrey are being warned not to be fooled by bogus charity workers, following distraction burglaries in Epsom and Leatherhead.
A 93-year-old woman in the Ruxley Lane area of Epsom fell victim to a couple claiming to be from Age Concern.
The pair managed to talk their way into her house, stealing £250.
Two days later, in the Kingston Road area of Leatherhead, an 80-year-old woman was kept talking at her door as a man sneaked inside and stole a purse.
The man was described as being white, about 40 years old, 5ft 8in tall, and of a medium build, with short, fair hair.
The woman was white, thought to be in her 30s, of a slim build, taller than the man and with long, dark hair. They were believed to have been driving a silver Ford Focus.
Age Concern Surrey has advising the elderly to be alert when dealing with unexpected callers.
"No charity would make unsolicited calls unless the caller was properly identifiable," it said.
Surrey Police said it was linking the crimes, which happened on Monday and Wednesday, to burglaries in Epsom on Wednesday and on 26 August, carried out by suspects matching the descriptions.
In both cases, the offenders distracted the victims by asking to search their back gardens for items which they claimed to have lost.