Police in Farnborough are appealing for witnesses to a distraction burglary that took place in Lynchford Road on Thursday, November 29 between 1.50pm and 2.10pm.
A total of £460 was stolen from the home of a 69-year-old woman by two men claiming to be from the water board.
The men told the elderly lady that they were there to inspect her pipes and she let them into her home and showed them to her sink in the kitchen.
The two men then asked her to remove items from her kitchen cupboard and she did so, turning her back on them.
When she turned around the pair had run out of the front door.
Later that day she found two envelopes containing £460 in cash to be missing from her home.
PC Mike Good, of Farnborough police station, said: “This is the latest in a series of distraction burglaries in the Rushmoor area.
“The offenders appear to target the vulnerable in the community.
“I would advise residents not to let anyone into their homes without checking their identification first.”
The first man is described as
In his late 20s
Approximately 5ft 5ins
Wearing a grey and black zip jacket and grey trousers.
He spoke with a strange accent.
The second man is described as:
In his late 20s
Approxmately 5ft 5ins
Police officers are offering the following Safer Homes advice to avoid becoming involved in doorstep crime:
• Stop – are you expecting anyone to call on you? Do you know the person at the door? Don’t be misled by what appear to be genuine reasons for calling on you.
• Chain – fit a door chain or spy hole so that you can speak to callers or check who they are without opening the door fully.
• Check – A genuine caller will carry identification and will be happy to wait outside while you check it. Remember to source your own number for the company they are claiming to be from.Burglars can make you believe they are genuine callers. Don't invite them in. If in doubt, keep them out!
Anyone with information about this incident should contact PC Good on 0845 045 45 45, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.