Bogus caller warning as thief strikes at four nursing homes
16 August 2012
DETECTIVES investigating a spate of thefts at nursing homes in Sandwell and Walsall are urging people to be extra vigilant against bogus callers.
The warning comes after staff at four nursing homes were targeted by what is believed to be the same man, who had gained access by claiming to be doing official work.
But, once inside, the man has stolen cash and bank cards from members of staff.
Since the start of this month he has struck at three nursing homes in Wednesbury and one in Walsall.
Police are asking nursing home staff to be extra vigilant and also for general members of the public to be on their guard against bogus callers.
Officers want to hear from anyone who recognises the description of the offender; a white man in his early 40s, around 5ft 11ins tall of medium build, clean shaven with short dark hair.
He wore a blue shirt, dark tie, blue jacket, dark trousers and spoke with a local accent.
Detective Constable Lindsay Marsh, who is investigating the crimes, said: “People are often far too willing to give callers the benefit of the doubt when they come to the door, but you should always ask for identification.
“If you’re in doubt, keep them out – remember you do not have to let anyone into your home if you don’t want to.
“We’re following up a number of lines of enquiry in relation to the nursing home thefts but I would still like to hear from anyone who may have any information about these incidents.”
Anyone with information should call Sandwell CID on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.