Aussie sob story proves a con as couple steal from house of elderly Calne man

Police are appealing for witnesses after an attack in Devizes

POLICE are appealing for information following an incident in Calne.

During the evening of 20 April 2016, a man and woman knocked at the door of an elderly man and told him they had received some bad news from relatives in Australia.

The couple appeared distressed and said they did not want to go into details but needed to use a computer to transfer some money across to Australia.

They said they had travelled down from the north of the country.

The occupant saw that the woman appeared very upset and so allowed them to use a laptop in an upstairs bedroom. He then went downstairs and the couple followed a short while after, thanked him for the use of his laptop and left. The occupant did not see them leave as he was sat in the living room.

He later went upstairs and saw that his laptop had been taken.

The man is described as white, aged in his late 20s to 30s, of slim to medium build with cropped hair. He was wearing light blue denim jeans, a blue long sleeved top and beige lightweight gloves.

The woman is described as white, approximately 25 years old, 5 ft 5 inches tall and of slim build. She had dark, shoulder length hair. She was wearing light blue jeans which were ripped at the knees. It is believed they left in a white car.

PC Joe Sadd said: “This incident has understandably been very upsetting for the victim who has been left shaken up as a result.

“We would like to hear from anyone who may have seen the couple in the area of Springfield Drive, or heard any suspicious activity around the area during the evening of 20 April. Any information, no matter how small, may be significant in our investigation.”

Wiltshire Police would like to issue a reminder to the local community to ensure elderly or vulnerable people are securing their premises at night and not to open their doors unless they are expecting a visitor. Remind your relatives and friends not to let strangers into their properties.

By adhering to the following advice, you can reduce your chances of becoming a victim of burglary or bogus callers:

• Always keep your door shut and locked.
• If someone comes to your door and you aren’t expecting a caller it is important that you check who it is by using a spy-hole or look through a window. Do not open the door to anyone you don’t know or are not expecting.
• Official visitors will always arrange an appointment with you beforehand – if no appointment has been made, don’t open the door.
• Do not keep large amounts of cash at home – it is much safer in a bank or building society.
• Always keep purses and wallets hidden away, out of sight.
• Never keep pin numbers with credit or debit cards.
• Never agree to have work carried out by someone who is just passing, or believe such people when they claim that repairs need to be made. If you think work might need to be done get quotes from three companies and ask friends and neighbours for recommendations.
• If you see anything suspicious or think a bogus caller may have called at your door, report it to police immediately by calling 999.

The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust (WBVT) will visit the elderly victims of these crimes. Bobby Van provides a home security service for elderly, vulnerable and disadvantaged people throughout Wiltshire. The charity operates two Bobby vans that provide mobile workshops for Bobby operators.

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

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