Men arrested for distraction burglaries

13 Feb 2015 15:06 PM

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Police have arrested two men in connection with distraction burglaries in Gateshead.

Police are looking into an incident which happened at around 7.55am, on Wednesday, February 11, when a man attended the address of an elderly resident on the Leam Lane Estate and sold him a sofa.

The resident handed over a significant sum of money to the man for the furniture.

There was a further incident on Thursday, February 12, when two men attended the address of another elderly man in Leam Lane, selling a new sofa. The elderly man also paid the man a significant amount of money only to discover the sofa was an old piece of furniture.

Inspector Darren Sweeney said: "These are terrible crimes and it is completely unacceptable that anyone should target vulnerable people. We ask anyone else who suspects they may have been victim of a similar incident but not yet reported it, to contact police.

"I also urge people to look after elderly or vulnerable neighbours and be vigilant of any suspicious activity around your street."

Anyone with any concerns is asked to report suspicious callers to police straight away.

Officers are providing advice as part of Operation Strongbow - an initiative which targets doorstep crimes and distraction burglaries.

Do not let anyone in your home unless you have checked their identification. Genuine callers will not mind waiting while their identification is checked.

Genuine callers will also not mind being asked to come back at a different time so their identification can be checked or while arrangements are made for a relative or friend to be present when they return.

Anyone with any information or who may have received a similar call is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference 1025 11/02/15 or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.