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Pirbright Woman Duped by ‘Gas Board’ Conman

Published on: 13 Feb, 2013
Updated on: 15 Feb, 2013

logo-surrey-police-darkBGAn elderly woman from Guildford was duped by a thief posing as a gas board official after he gained access to her house and made off with her credit card last Thursday (February 7).

The incident took place between 2pm and 3.30pm when the man went to the 74-year-old woman’s address in Heath Mill Lane, Fox Corner, near Pirbright on the pretence of reading her gas and electricity meters.

Map of Fox Corner near Pirbright

Map of Fox Corner near Pirbright

She allowed him into the property and once he had gone she realised her credit card was missing.

He is described as white, in his 50s, 5 ft 4in, of a heavy build, with short white curly hair. He was clean shaven and well spoken and was wearing a dark jacket and dark trousers.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Mike Taylor said: “I would appeal to anyone who saw someone matching the description of the offender in the area around the time of the incident to contact officers with information as it may prove vital to our investigation.

“Surrey Police simply will not tolerate such heartless crimes against our elderly and most vulnerable members of our communities and we will do all we can to find those responsible and bring them to justice.”

DC Taylor urged residents not to let an unexpected visitor into their home under any circumstances.

He said: “Always stop to think whether you are expecting any callers, use the chain if you do decide to answer the door and check for identification before letting anyone in. Don’t be taken in by these con artists, however convincing their story may sound.

“These are cruel and cowardly crimes which prey on the more vulnerable in our communities and we are advising residents to stay vigilant. Neighbours of elderly homeowners can help by making them aware of the potential pitfalls and keeping an eye out for suspicious people around their neighbourhood.

“Similarly it is imperative that all residents remain vigilant about home security and ensure that windows and doors are securely locked. If you are in need of crime prevention advice please contact your Safer Neighbourhood Team and speak to the Crime Reduction Advisor.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Surrey Police on 101 quoting reference GD/13/1069. Alternatively the independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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