Police appeal after elderly woman targeted by thieves

AN elderly woman discovered cash had been stolen from her purse and a money box had been taken after salesman visited her Baldock home, sparking a police appeal.

Two men visited the pensioner on Wednesday and sold her some cleaning items, such as dusters.

She later discovered cash was missing from her purse and a money box had been stolen.

The first man was described as white, in his 20s with short ginger hair. The second man, also described as white, is believed to be in his 20s, around 5ft 9ins tall, with a slim build and short dark hair.

Julie Fewings from Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Operation Manhunt, the team dedicated to investigating distraction burglary, said: “It is possible that these men have visited other areas of the county and we are keen to speak to anyone else who may have had a similar call at their door or who believes they may have been a victim.

“These men quite often mention that they are doing ‘community service’ or similar.

“I would urge people faced with callers at their door who they are not expecting to not open the door and call police if you believe they are suspicious.

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“If you believe you have had a similar call or may have information which could help the investigation, please call me via the non-emergency number on 0845 33 00 222.

“Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers, the independent charity, on 0800 555 111.”

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