Detectives hunt conman targeting elderly

DETECTIVES are warning residents to be on their guard after three people in Basildon were targeted by the same conman in recent days.
The Echo told last week how, last Monday, a man conned his way into the home of a pensioner in her 90s at Eliot Close, Wickford claiming to be a gardener.
He asked the woman for a pen and paper and while she ewas gone stole her purse containing £70.
Just 24-hours later con artists struck again at a home in Langham Crescent, Billericay. The trickster claimed to be a rat catcher, forced his way in and stole £20.

Then, on Friday July 20, a man called at a home in Malyons Mews, Pitsea where he claimed to be a police officer. He tricked his way into the home and stole £20.
The incidents are being linked to three similar crimes in Brentwood, where a man tricked his way into homes by claiming to be a gardener, a tree surgeon or a rat catcher.
 

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4:51pm Mon 23 Jul 12

richcarol says...

SCUM out and out vile SCUM...
SCUM out and out vile SCUM... richcarol
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4:53pm Mon 23 Jul 12

I-say-you-say says...

And this is why you should install chain locks and never ever let anyone into your property without checking their ID! If they're legitimate they won't even mind if you ring the company they say their from before giving them access!
And this is why you should install chain locks and never ever let anyone into your property without checking their ID! If they're legitimate they won't even mind if you ring the company they say their from before giving them access! I-say-you-say
  • Score: 2

4:56pm Mon 23 Jul 12

addenough says...

description? e-fit? GET YOURSELVES TOGETHER MR ECHO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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description? e-fit? GET YOURSELVES TOGETHER MR ECHO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !! addenough
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8:46pm Mon 23 Jul 12

howironic says...

Ginger, Irish accent ?
Ginger, Irish accent ? howironic
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12:04am Tue 24 Jul 12

Trainman says...

I have stickers on my doors clearly stating; 'NO CALLERS WITHOUT AN APPOINTMENT. Please go away and do NOT return.'

I refuse entry to ANY person claiming to be with my water company, and so they keep 'Estimating' my bills, that I then in turn, REFUSE to pay, until such times they make an appointment to read the meter, and even get what I term as Threatening E-mails from their Customer CARE office, so waiting for them to actually PROVE I owe them any money, before I will pay them ONE PENNY.
I have stickers on my doors clearly stating; 'NO CALLERS WITHOUT AN APPOINTMENT. Please go away and do NOT return.' I refuse entry to ANY person claiming to be with my water company, and so they keep 'Estimating' my bills, that I then in turn, REFUSE to pay, until such times they make an appointment to read the meter, and even get what I term as Threatening E-mails from their Customer CARE office, so waiting for them to actually PROVE I owe them any money, before I will pay them ONE PENNY. Trainman
  • Score: -1

8:57pm Tue 24 Jul 12

E-Types. says...

howironic wrote:
Ginger, Irish accent ?
No Irish accent...an apology for your racism?
[quote][p][bold]howironic[/bold] wrote: Ginger, Irish accent ?[/p][/quote]No Irish accent...an apology for your racism? E-Types.
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