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Appeal made over conmen who targeted frail residents

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: December 08, 2012

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POLICE have condemned conmen who tricked their way into the homes of three elderly people — one aged 98 — and stole cash and watches.

Detectives believe the incidents are linked, and they are urging anyone with information to come forward.

In each case the thieves knocked on doors claiming to be selling cleaning products before talking their way into the victims' houses and stealing from them.

Two of the attacks happened in Morriston, and one in Ravenhill in Swansea.

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 believe that in the Morriston incidents the suspect has called at various addresses in the area and shown a yellow or white-coloured card as a form of identification.

"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 have said the victims only came forward on Thursday and yesterday.

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 described 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 on Thursday 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.

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, 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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  • maxmin  |  December 09 2012, 11:09AM

    Neathboy CLM AH You got me, I am in fact every poster on these boards, yup it's just me.

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  • Neathboy234  |  December 09 2012, 10:38AM

    philco do u think for one second that everyone doesn't know that u are in fact maxmin. Now do me a favor and leave me alone or i may have to report u to the authorities, u horrible little man.

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  • philco  |  December 09 2012, 10:09AM

    Nb I see you still cannot resist having a go at maxmin, what is wrong with you? You do know that he has done you up like a kipper dont you? He must hav been stuffing socks in his mouth to stop himself laughing. I mean it wasnt as if he didnt give you enough cluse, i was sure you would cotton on but no just kept digging that hole.

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  • williamwaun  |  December 08 2012, 2:28PM

    Have they been giving you too many salt tablets.

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  • Neathboy234  |  December 08 2012, 2:11PM

    Probably a lot nicer that you williamdu

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  • williamwaun  |  December 08 2012, 1:53PM

    Neathboy yOUR Such A NICe GuY

  • Neathboy234  |  December 08 2012, 1:46PM

    Maxmin says,"Do not give strangers, either on your doorstep or the phone anything - not money or information". And that includes the internet as well good boy, glad to see i have finally educated you.. Thankfully u learned off me, rather than someone else not so nice as myself. To be honest i now feel i have done my job with you, i have educated you and helped you protect yourself. No need to thank me as i know that will stick in your throat old boy, Goodbye my old mucker. This is my last post to U, my work with u is over. And remember use that brain of yours first before u act.

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  • williamwaun  |  December 08 2012, 12:00PM

    Hang the scum bags.

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  • maxmin  |  December 08 2012, 10:27AM

    These are despicable crimes committed against people who are probably not bet placed to protect themselves. Do not let anyone you don't know into your home. If the offer an ID card, take it inside and check with the organisation. Do not ring the number printed on the card to do this, look them up in the phone book. If you have a digital camera or a mobile with a camera, ask the person if they minded being photographed. I believe the police will arrange to have security chains fitted to homes belonging to vulnerable people. Perhaps one of your readers can help here. Do not give strangers, either on your doorstep or the phone anything - not money or information.

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