RESIDENTS are being warned to be on their guard after bogus police officers conned their way into the home of an elderly man.
Two men claiming to be police officers called at the 84-year-old’s home in the Springwell Road area on Wednesday evening, before stealing a quantity of cash from inside.
It is believed that the two men, who were not wearing police uniforms, left the scene in a vehicle shortly after the incident, which occurred at 7.50pm.
Northumbria Police officers investigating the incident are making house to house enquiries and are appealing for witnesses.
“I’d like to remind people to be vigilant,” Detective Inspector Dave English said. “Residents should check the identity of anyone who cold calls at their door, and if someone claims to be a police officer, they should make sure they ask to see a warrant card and check it carefully before admitting them into their home.
“If in any doubt, don’t let them in and contact the police by calling 101. In addition, residents should never hand over money to people who cold call, nor should they give bank details or agree to any work at their property being done by people who knock at the door unexpectedly.
“I’d urge anyone who was in the area at the time and who may have seen anything suspicious to get in touch as soon as possible. Neighbourhood officers are carrying out additional patrols in the area to reassure residents.”
Anyone with information should contact police on 101, extension 69191, quoting log number 1184 of 24/09/14 or ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.