OAP stops fake cops

A PENSIONER confronted conmen posing as policemen who were trying to break into his house.

Police are linking the attempted burglary in Sandiacre with a series of similar incidents in Ilkeston this week in which all the victims were elderly.

In the incident in Lawrence Street, Sandiacre, the two conmen forced the rear door of the 70-year-old’s house at 10.50am last Thursday.

The pensioner confronted the men after hearing the break-in.

They claimed they were police officers and after the resident challenged them and asked for them identification, they left. Nothing was stolen.

The first man was described as white, aged about 30, 5ft 10ins tall, stocky and wearing a casual jacket, white shirt and grey trousers. He had fair or ginger hair and spoke with an Irish accent.

The second man was white, slim and wore a dark three-quarter length jacket, dark trousers and shoes. He had dark, curly, gelled hair.

At about 6.15pm, two men forced their way into a rear kitchen window of a 79-year-old woman’s house in Ilkeston.

They told the pensioner that they were there to check her heating and searched the house. Again, nothing was stolen.

Between 6pm and 7pm there were two more distraction burglaries in Ilkeston.

The house of an 83-year-old man was broken into in Wirksworth Road while he was in the front room.

The offfenders forced a ground floor window, searched the property and stole cash.

In another incident a man called at the house of a 77-year-old woman in Hope Street and said that they were doing work in the area and needed to check her water supply.

As she was distracted one or possibly two others entered the house and stole cash. The man who came to the door was described as white, in his early thirties, wearing a dark flat cap, a zip up coat and was between 5ft 4ins and 5ft 6ins tall.

Insp Nick Daines from Ilkeston station said: “We would urge everybody to be vigilant and to not let anybody into their home until they are absolutely sure as to who they are. A genuine caller will have no objection to being asked for identification.”

Anyone with information should call police on 0345 123 33 33 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.