Police seek bogus carer after elderly women in Neath and Port Talbot are targeted
DETECTIVES are hunting bogus carers who struck at the homes of three elderly Neath and Port Talbot women, including two in the same street.
They have condemned the incidents as cowardly and despicable and urged witnesses to come forward.
The first happened at the home of an 89-year-old woman in Grove Lane, Neath, at around 2.30pm on Saturday.
The caller, who purported to be a carer, went upstairs before leaving the premises.
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No property is believed to have been stolen.
Police said the suspect was a white female, aged 24-25, of slim build with brown hair tied back in a ponytail and wearing a dark military-style coat.
The second incident in Grove Lane happened at about 3.45pm the same day when the suspect called at the home of a 92-year-old female victim, again claiming to be a carer.
It was later discovered cash was missing from the victim's purse.
The suspect has been described as white, female, early twenties, around 5ft 2in, with short brown or mousey coloured hair.
The third incident happened in Victoria Road, Port Talbot, sometime between 2pm and 2.45pm on Sunday, when another 92-year-old woman was the victim.
Detective Sergeant Ricky Price of Neath CID said: "Once again the culprit purported to be a care worker.
"She was allowed into the premises by the victim, where she is believed to have entered a number of rooms before leaving empty handed."
The suspect is described as being a white female, believed to be in her thirties and wearing a light coloured coat.
Mr Price said officers were linking the three incidents as on each occasion the culprit purported to be a carer.
"I am appealing to the residents of Neath Port Talbot who may have any information on these incidents to come forward as we need to catch this female or females before anything of a far more serious nature happens," said Mr Price.
"Attacks on the elderly and vulnerable in their own homes can only be described as cowardly and despicable, and even more so when they use the disguise of a carer in whom many older people rely upon and trust."
Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.