91-year-old man targeted by 'roof repair' burglars
POLICE are appealing for help after two men posing as roofers stole a substantial amount of money from a 91-year-old homeowner.
Officers have condemned the burglary as "callous and cowardly", and they are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.
Police believe the conmen may have called at other houses in the area prior to selecting their victim.
The burglary began when one of the men called at the victim’s home in Philip's Parade - near the old Swnasea hospital site - claiming he needed roofing work doing.
The pensioner agreed a price and handed over a quantity of cash.
Police say a short time later a second man called at the address claiming more repairs were required — again money was handed over.
Officers believe that while the “repairs” were being done by one of the men, the other had access to the house — the victim later discovered that a substantial amount of cash had been taken from one of the rooms.
South Wales Police detective inspector Darren George of Swansea Central CID said: “This can only be described as a callous and cowardly crime to target an elderly gentleman in his own home.
“Phillips Parade is in the heart of a residential area, and I am appealing to neighbours and residents who may have seen anything suspicious whether it is a vehicle or persons to come forward.
“We believe these persons may have attended other ouses in the area prior to this incident.”
The distraction burglary happened sometime between 11.30am and 1.20pm on Saturday.
Police have issued descriptions of two men they want to talk to in connection with the incident — one is described as being white, 5ft 6in tall, aged 30 to 40, and with short brown hair, while the other is described as being white, around 5ft 10in tall and of a heavy build.
Police say they also want to hear from anybody who saw a white van in the area at the time of the incident.
*Can you help? Call Swansea Central CID on 01792 450618 or 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111