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Elderly women, 91 and 80, targeted by thieves in their own homes

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 13, 2014

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TWO elderly women, aged 91 and 80, have been targeted by thieves in their own homes during the past week.

South Wales Police have described the thefts as "despicable incidents".

Officers in Swansea are appealing for information following the two unrelated incidents in the city.

They are also appealing to others who may have been targeted by the suspects to come forward.

The first incident happened at around 11.30am on Tuesday at Summerland Park in Upper Killay.

The 91-year-old victim was approached by a man who said he was looking to carry out gardening work.

Once he had talked his way inside the woman's house he stole a small quantity of cash.

The suspect is described as being male, white, and aged in his 30s.

He was of short or average build with short dark hair and spoke with a Welsh accent.

A white van which had blue writing on it was seen in the area at the time of the incident.

The second theft happened at Carmarthen Road in Fforestfach during Thursday afternoon.

The 80-year-old victim was approached at her home by a man who said he needed help after injuring his leg in a fall.

When he arrived at the house his trousers were rolled up to the knee on one of his legs.

The pensioner went to get him a bowl of water and while she was away he ran off.

It was later discovered that a HP laptop computer and a ceramic ornament of a slipper were missing from the home.

In that instance the suspect was described as being white.

He spoke with a local accent and had dark brown short hair, shaved on the back and sides.

Detective Inspector Mark Kavanagh of Swansea CID said: "These are despicable incidents against two elderly members of the community who have become victims of crime in their own homes.

"We are appealing to anyone who may have seen the suspects in the areas or who may have been approached in similar circumstances to contact the police."

Anyone with information should call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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