98-year-old man duped by con men in attempted burglary

A trio of con men tricked their way into the home of a 98-year-old man in an attempted burglary in Castleford.

Friday, 1st May 2015, 9:05 am
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One of the men told the pensioner he was from a water company after he was confronted him in the kitchen of the victim’s New Wellgate home at around 6pm on Friday, April 17.

The suspect then went upstairs but the victim remained suspicious and threatened to call the police.

The bogus worker then came back downstairs with two other men and fled the scene, possibly in a vehicle.

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DC Mark Hargreaves, of Wakefield CID, said: “Police are investigating this offence and we would like to speak to anyone who has information or may have had three men come to their door in similar circumstances.

“In this instance the victim found one of the men inside his home and was rightly suspicious from the off. He eventually managed to prevent the burglary through threatening to call the police.

“I would also remind householders that you are under no obligation to let cold callers into your homes. Genuine callers from utilities companies will carry ID and have a business number you can ring to confirm their identity.”

One of the suspects was described as white, aged between 35 and 40-years-old, around 5ft 10ins tall and of medium build. He also spoke with a cockney accent.

Anyone with any information should contact DC Hargreaves at Wakefield CID on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.