Warning as con-artists trick elderly residents in Bolton

Welbeck Road, Heaton, where residents have been tricked by con artists.

Welbeck Road, Heaton, where residents have been tricked by con artists.

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THREE pensioners were conned by a “cowardly trio” who trick their way into homes to steal cash and jewellery.

Two women are alleged to have carried out a string of distraction burglaries in which they knock on the door of an elderly resident and ask for a glass of water or a pen and paper.

Once inside the home, a third member of the gang, a man, sneaks inside the home to look for cash and other valuables.

Det Con Nick Gibson said: "The culprits behind these cowardly burglaries have quite clearly come up with a plan to deceive elderly residents in their own homes.

“The fact they committed three in such a short space of time makes the offenders not only cowards but also prolific criminals.”

An 88-year-old man living in Devonshire Road, Heaton, was targeted at 12.30pm on July 17; a 90-year-old woman living in Ainslie Road was burgled at 10.50am the next day; and an 83-year-old man from Welbeck Road was targeted on July 22 at 10am.

A 25-year-old woman and 46-year-old man have been arrested on suspicion of burglary and bailed until August 5.

Police raided a property following the arrests and have since recovered several items, including a distinctive gold Rotary watch with a personal inscription on the back.

They are hoping to trace the watch owner and also want other victims to come forward.

Victims told police the two women had eastern European accents, possibly Hungarian.

Shocked residents in Heaton have spoken with anger about the “evil burglaries”.

Margaret Connolly, aged 52, of Ainslie Road, said: “I think these people are just evil to do this to an elderly trusting person who has done nothing wrong — I am delighted that arrests have been made.”

Nicole Richards, aged 50, of Welbeck Road, said: “It is a real concern that this is going on around here and I think these people need a taste of their own medicine.”

Police said residents should look out of the window before answering the door and should also use a door viewer or door chain. They should also ask to see identification from the caller.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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9:29am Fri 1 Aug 14

westhoughton123 says...

I thought we had enough itinerant, con artist, theiving Gypos .
Now we are importing all of Europes scum.
Time to shut the door firmly shut Mr, Cameron.......
I thought we had enough itinerant, con artist, theiving Gypos . Now we are importing all of Europes scum. Time to shut the door firmly shut Mr, Cameron....... westhoughton123
  • Score: 76

9:55am Fri 1 Aug 14

Wolfie190 says...

If its not our Irish friends its our new east European chums, Our politicians love us.
If its not our Irish friends its our new east European chums, Our politicians love us. Wolfie190
  • Score: 47

10:08am Fri 1 Aug 14

catsden says...

Hope they catch them and send them back evil scum. STOP all these people coming in we are FULL UP
Hope they catch them and send them back evil scum. STOP all these people coming in we are FULL UP catsden
  • Score: 48

12:21pm Fri 1 Aug 14

kasperski says...

Believe me these people are not Hungarians just Gypsies/Travellers from far east side of Europe with possible Hungarian fake passports, they do it for decades not just in England but all over the Europe, you want to do something start writing letters to goverment instead of moaning all the time, and I'm sure someone will take care of it one day.
Believe me these people are not Hungarians just Gypsies/Travellers from far east side of Europe with possible Hungarian fake passports, they do it for decades not just in England but all over the Europe, you want to do something start writing letters to goverment instead of moaning all the time, and I'm sure someone will take care of it one day. kasperski
  • Score: 15

1:38pm Fri 1 Aug 14

8cup49 says...

Its going to be interesting to see if they turn up for Court considering they are on bail, oh but wait what a great way to get free board and lodgings at tax payers expense then unable to send them back because we will abuse their human rights.
Its going to be interesting to see if they turn up for Court considering they are on bail, oh but wait what a great way to get free board and lodgings at tax payers expense then unable to send them back because we will abuse their human rights. 8cup49
  • Score: 31

8:11pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Foyley says...

Break into mine if they want baseball bat n uncontrollable violence waiting
Break into mine if they want baseball bat n uncontrollable violence waiting Foyley
  • Score: 25

9:49pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Foyley wrote:
Break into mine if they want baseball bat n uncontrollable violence waiting
You need to tell them the jewels are in the bedroom... then clobber that sucker hard and fast.

In your bedroom = self defence

At your front door with bat = risk of premeditated and aggravated assault.

Only a risk though.
[quote][p][bold]Foyley[/bold] wrote: Break into mine if they want baseball bat n uncontrollable violence waiting[/p][/quote]You need to tell them the jewels are in the bedroom... then clobber that sucker hard and fast. In your bedroom = self defence At your front door with bat = risk of premeditated and aggravated assault. Only a risk though. Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 9

10:33am Sat 2 Aug 14

thomas222 says...

Where are the Brightest and the Best that Cameron keeps banging on about ?
Where are the Brightest and the Best that Cameron keeps banging on about ? thomas222
  • Score: 6

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