Warning after two distraction burglaries

POLICE have issued a warning after men conned their way into houses in St Ives and Ely on Thursday.

The first incident happened at a property in Church Lane, Hilton at about 1.30pm when a man, claiming there had been a gas explosion, conned his way into the elderly woman’s home. He distracted the woman when she noticed another two men hiding in her front garden.

The men left and nothing was stolen.

The man is described as white, six foot, slim with black cropped hair and aged in his 30s. He was wearing a shiny blue shirt and grey trousers.

The second incident happened at a property in Stretham Road, Wilburton, between 1.50pm and 2.15pm, when a man, claiming there was a water burst and the water was contaminated, tricked his way into a woman’s home. He distracted the woman in the kitchen while another man searched rooms in the property.

The men left and nothing was stolen.

The first man is described as white, between 35 and 40, 5’5” to 5’6”, slim with short dark hair which was wavy on top. He was wearing a light-blue striped shirt, navy trousers and black shoes.

The second man is described as white, between 45 and 52, 5’6”, of medium build, with short hair. He was wearing a light-brown cardigan and black trousers.

DC Neil Gibbs, investigating, said: “It is despicable to target elderly or vulnerable people in this way. These offenders deliberately tried to con their way into the homes and I would urge anyone with information about those responsible to contact police.”

Anyone with information should contact either DC Gibbs at Huntingdon Police Station on 101 or CID at Ely Police Station, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800-555111.