Warning after series of distraction thefts

POLICE are warning people to be vigilant following a series of distraction thefts in Wisbech and Peterborough.

The incidents have all involved two women asking their victims for directions to a hospital to visit a sick relative.

After receiving the directions, they try to offer cheap necklaces and bracelets as thanks but use the distraction to steal jewellery already being worn by the victims.

In all the incidents, the women are described as foreign, possibly Eastern European, with tanned complexions.

Police believe some of the incidents may be linked.

The most recent incident happened on Monday (September 12) at about 12.30pm in Council Road, Wisbech, when a disabled man in a wheelchair and in his 60s was approached by two women.

They stole two necklaces and a bracelet from him worth several hundred pounds.

The other Wisbech incidents happened in Tinkers Drove, at about 5pm on August 18, and in Cromwell Road, at about 1.40pm on August 20.

The Peterborough incidents happened mid-afternoon in Eastern Avenue, on August 8, in Lincoln Road, on August 19, and in Broadway, Lynton Road, and Star Road on August 23.

Sergeant Alan Boughen said: “We believe these women are deliberately targeting vulnerable, older people and we are keen to catch them as soon as possible.

“We would urge people to be vigilant and to call police if they have any information.”

Anyone with information should contact Sgt Boughen on 0345-4564564, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800-555111.