Police hunt "despicable" Swansea conmen
POLICE are hunting conmen who tricked their way into the homes of three elderly people — one aged 98, another partially-sighted — and stole cash and watches.
In each case the thieves knocked at doors claiming to be selling cleaning products before talking their way into the victims' houses and stealing from them.
Detectives believe the incidents are linked, and they are urging anyone with information to come forward.
Two of the attacks happened in Morriston, 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 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 say the victims only came forward on Thursday and today.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 describe 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 yesterday 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 from holdall. 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 tall and of a thin build, and clean shaven.
Can you help? Call Swansea police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111
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