An elderly couple from Camberley are counting the cost after falling victim to conmen who pretended they worked for the NHS.
The two suspects approached the couple’s house in Bristow Road between 3.45 and 4pm on 15 July and gained entry to the property after posing as NHS workers, even displaying fake identity cards to fool the victims.
One of the men distracted the couple in the front room while the other suspect went to the kitchen and stole and stole cash from a purse he found in the drawer.
The first suspect is described as white, in his 20s, around 5ft 8 tall, of a slim build, with short dark brown hair, a goatee beard and a dark brown moustache. He was wearing a grey t-shirt. The second suspect is described as white, in his mid 40s, of a chubby build and clean-shaven. He was wearing a blue t-shirt.
PC Tom Ashworth, who is investigating the incident, said: “The fact that the suspects have gone to such great lengths to obtain fake identity cards to make their con as convincing as possible makes this crime all the more despicable, as does the fact that this couple have clearly been targeted deliberately because they are elderly and vulnerable.
“I am carrying out a number of enquiries but would like to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area at the time of the offence or anyone with any information which could help to identify the suspects to come forward as a matter of priority to ensure these fraudsters are brought to justice.”
PC Ashworth added: “I would also like to remind local residents that if someone you are not expecting knocks on your door, and you have any doubt as to whether they are genuine, do not let them in. I would also ask residents to keep an eye out for their vulnerable neighbours including the elderly, and to report any suspicions of bogus callers to police.”
If you can help, please contact Surrey Police on 101, quoting crime reference number 45160060977 or you can use the online reporting system found at https://report.police.uk/and enter the reference number in the ‘Additional information' section.
Alternatively, if you do not wish to leave your name, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
For further advice about preventing yourself or a relative falling victim to doorstep crime, please go to http://www.surrey.police.uk/advice/protect-yourself-and-others/doorstep-crime/