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South Petherton burglary warning

By WestGaz_News  |  Posted: September 20, 2012

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Police in South Petherton in Somerset are appealing for help to identify two men they believe could be connected to attempted distraction burglaries involving elderly people.

They are investigating two incidents in South Petherton at around 6pm on Wednesday September 12.

Two men tried to get the occupant of one bungalow to come outside on the pretence that something was happening in the car park.

The occupant refused and the two men were seen to walk off down a public right of way.

One of the men then went to the rear of another bungalow and told the occupant that he needed to check the water. Nothing was stolen.

Two more similar incidents were reported on Wednesday September 12 at Churchpath, Over Stratton, South Petherton.

At around 5.30pm a man walked into a woman's house claiming he was working next door on some damp problems. He then looked though some cupboards. Nothing was stolen.

He met a white woman, tall and of slim build, aged about 60, outside the address and walked off.

Another incident occurred in Watergore, the road at the end of Churchpath on the same day at approximately 7.30-8pm.

A man and a woman went to the house of an elderly female that was up for sale and claimed they had an appointment to view it.

The occupant refused them entry and they left. The estate agents confirmed no appointment was made.

The man is described as having dirty dark skin, unshaven with a round face and looking 'funny'.

He was wearing a black cloth hat, black coat done all the way up, black trousers and black leather shoes.

He was very tall, about the height of a door frame, and aged about 60 years.

He smelt unclean like he hadn't washed his clothes and talked very quickly and difficult to understand.

Police would like anyone who may have seen people acting suspiciously to call them on 101.

They are reminding householders, especially the elderly, to keep their doors locked and not to open them to unwanted or uninvited callers.

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