Distraction burglaries

PUBLISHED: 16:46 09 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:23 26 October 2009

THREE distraction burglaries have taken place in three days across Times Territory. One 85-year-old man was even pushed to the ground as the heartless thieves gained access to his home. Police are now warning all elderly residents to be on their guard.

THREE distraction burglaries have taken place in three days across Times Territory.

One 85-year-old man was even pushed to the ground as the heartless thieves gained access to his home.

Police are now warning all elderly residents to be on their guard.

* The first occurred between 7.45pm and 8pm on Sunday.

A man entered a flat in WGC claiming there was a problem with the water supply.

He ran off with a money tin containing £20.

The tin was later recovered, minus the cash, in Lemsford Village.

He is described as being a white man of medium build with dark brown short hair and a beard.

He is aged 30 wearing a dark jacket and trousers.

* The second occurred in Cuffley, at around 4.45pm on Tuesday.

A male offender knocked on the door, claiming he needed the 94-year-old victim to check her water supply because of a problem in a nearby property.

It is believed that a second man stole around £150.

One offender is a white man with fair hair, aged 25, wearing casual but neat clothing, possibly blue in colour.

The second man had dark brown hair.

* The third occurred in Hatfield at around 7.40pm on Tuesday.

The 85-year-old victim opened his front door to two men claiming they needed him to check his water supply.

The victim refused entry and became confused when told to check his taps.

The men pushed open the door forcefully, knocking the victim to the ground, causing bruising to his leg.

They stole a black leather wallet.

There are no detailed descriptions of the suspects.

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