A DISABLED woman in her 90s and another lady in her 70s were targeted by thieves in two burglaries this week.
Both distraction burglaries, which may be linked, took place on Wednesday afternoon and police say the criminals behind them are without morals.
The first happened at around 3pm in Ennerdale Close in Warndon, Worcester, when a man called at the home of the victim in her 70s.
The thief claimed he was working at nearby roadworks and said he needed to check her water.
He asked the pensioner to empty her cupboards under the sink and hold the taps while he checks the radiators and water system upstairs later getting her to do the same upstairs while he was downstairs.
Leaving the house he said he needed to collect a tool and the victim then realised he had stolen around £70.
She described the burglar as white, 5ft 9ins tall, heavily built, with shaved blonde hair but wearing a baseball cap, a tanned complexion, unshaven and with a local-sounding accent. The second theft is thought to have happened between 3pm and 4pm when a man called at the home of a disabled lady in her 90s.
Described as white, wearing a cap and smelling of chemicals, the man told the resident in Malvern Close, Lower Broadheath, near Worcester, he was from the water board and searched her house stealing around £100 in cash.
Neither man has been arrested. Detective Sergeant Dave Knight from Worcester CID said: “Distraction burglars are without morals, targeting some of the most vulnerable people in society. We are keeping an open mind about whether or not these incidents are linked but the two callers have used similar techniques to gain entry.
“I am appealing for anyone who saw any suspicious activity around Warndon or Broadheath on Wednesday afternoon to contact the police. If you live in those areas and have had any unexpected and unusual callers in recent days, we would like to hear from you.”
Anyone with information should call the 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.