Police hunt pair who used trickery to enter and rob an elderly person's home in Milton Keynes
Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses in connection to a robbery committed in Milton Keynes.
Two purses were stolen from a house on Kennet Drive in Bletchley at around 6.20pm yesterday (Thursday May 6).
The pair pretended they were arriving to carry out guttering work on the home. The man who approached the home first, distracted the elderly occupant, after being let into that person's home.
He was discussing the costs of the proposed guttering work with the occupants, when a second man who had claimed to be working with the first offender, grabbed the two purses, when occupants were busy in discussion elsewhere.
The unsuspecting occupants had allowed the men into their home, and it was only after they left that they realised they'd been robbed.
The first offender is described as a white man, approximately five foot nine inches tall and aged between 45 and 50 years-old. He had short fair hair, was clean shaven and spoke with a Midlands accent. He was wearing a navy blue jacket with small white writing on the chest.
The second offender is described as a broad white man, approximately six foot four inches tall and aged between 35 and 40-years-old. He had scruffy black hair and was wearing a thick beige jumper.
The van is described as a small/medium-sized white van with two ladders on the roof.
Detective Inspector James Horseman of Milton Keynes CID is appealing for witnesses or CCTV/doorbell camera footage from the local area. He is also keen to speak to anyone who may have spoken to anyone cold calling and offering property services in the area over the last few days.
If you have any information that could help with this investigation, please get in touch, you can contact the police using its online form or by calling 101 with reference number 43210194179.
Mel Reedman, a Communications Officer for the Thames Valley Police had the following message for residents to be mindful of to avoid becoming victims to similar crimes. She wrote: "If someone calls at your door out of the blue, you are right to be suspicious.
"If they work for a company, ask to see a form of identification or take a card and call back later if you are interested in going ahead with any form of work. This gives you time to make a decision, speak to a friend or neighbour to get their thoughts and means that you can check they have given you legitimate details.
"Do not feel pressured to accept work or services from someone who calls out of the blue. Legitimate companies will understand and allow you time to make a decision. If you have any suspicions, then you can call us on 101 or in an emergency, 999."