Appeal made over conmen who targeted frail residents
POLICE have condemned conmen who tricked their way into the homes of three elderly people — one aged 98 — and stole cash and watches.
Detectives believe the incidents are linked, and they are urging anyone with information to come forward.
In each case the thieves knocked on doors claiming to be selling cleaning products before talking their way into the victims' houses and stealing from them.
Two of the attacks happened in Morriston, and one in Ravenhill in Swansea.
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South Wales Police detective constable Claire Workman said: "These are despicable crimes against three elderly residents who have been conned out of property and money in their own homes.
"We believe that in the Morriston incidents the suspect has called at various addresses in the area and shown a yellow or white-coloured card as a form of identification.
"We are appealing to anyone with any information about these incidents or who may have been approached in similar circumstances in the Swansea area to come forward."
The Morriston incidents happened on Sunday, December 2 — but police have said the victims only came forward on Thursday and yesterday.
The first distraction burglary happened in Glyncollen Crescent when the suspect knocked at the door of a 98-year-old woman claiming to be selling bin bags and cleaning products — but after asking the victim for a drink he stole cash and made off.
The second incident happened in Enfield Close when the conman stole what police described as "a large quantity of cash" after offering to count the money owed for the cleaning products on behalf of the partially-sighted victim.
The third incident happened on Thursday in Maes-y-Felin, Ravenhill, where the suspect entered the home of a 75-year-old woman and began to show her some cleaning items.
After visiting various rooms in the house, the suspect stole two wristwatches.
Police have released a description of a man they want to talk to in connection with the Ravenhill incident. He is described as white, aged 35 to 45, around 5ft, of a thin build, and clean shaven.
Can you help? Call Swansea police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111