Beware bogus callers in Doncaster

CRIME: Crime scene.
CRIME: Crime scene.

Residents in Doncaster are being asked to be extra vigilant after an elderly couple were targeted by a bogus caller.

At around 4pm on Tuesday, January 20, police officers believe that an unknown man entered a property on Valley Drive in Branton, after falsely claiming to be from the local council.

The two elderly occupants are thought to have let the man into their home, after he claimed to be investigating a bug infestation.

Officers believe that the man stayed in the property for some time before leaving the area in a small white van. After establishing that the man was not from the council, as he had originally claimed, officers have launched an investigation to establish if anything was taken from the property.

The unknown man is described as white, 30-years-old, 5ft 6ins tall, of slim build. He is believed to be clean shaven, with sharp facial features and spoke with a Yorkshire accent. He was wearing a baseball cap with dark blue boiler suit with dark shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting incident number 657 of 20 January 2015.

Officers would like to remind residents to be vigilant, as some burglars try to con their way into houses, by claiming to be from a utility company or council, rather than attempting to break in.

If you are unsure about the identity of a caller, check their identification or telephone the company that they claim to represent.

Cabinet member for Community Safety, Councillor Joe Blackham, said: “Council staff will always wear photo-ID when visiting residents, and we encourage anyone who is unsure of whether someone genuinely does work for us to ask to see it. If they don’t have ID, don’t let them in. If in doubt, please also call the Council’s general enquiries number on 01302 736 000, where someone will be happy to confirm the identity of a staff member.”