Police are again warning older people to be careful about who they let in their homes after four incidents, thought be connected, where thieves have stolen cash.
The method used is quite a common one, where the offenders offer to do gardening work for the householder, and then ask for a drink of water.
While the householder is distracted getting water from the kitchen, the thieves take advantage of being in the house to pick up purses, wallets or cash and pocket them without the older person realising.
Det Con Lynn Adams is looking into four such incidents in Paradine Road, Bedford on July 30, Glebe Road, Sandy on August 6, Easton Road, Kempston on August 16 and Ivel Road, Shefford, on August 22.
All the offences have happened in the morning, with the same con-trick, and a red van was spotted at the scene of the crimes too. About £500 was stolen from one house.
Two men were arrested shortly after the incident at Ivel Road, due to an alert member of the public, and these men are on bail pending further police enquiries.
DC Adams said: “We have arrested two men in connection with the offence at Shefford, but I would still like to warn people that this is quite a common con-trick, along with bogus water board officials or police officers.
“Similar distraction methods involve strangers knocking at the door saying that their cat, dog or child’s ball has strayed into the householders garden.
“These are all designed to get your attention, so that you do not notice either the caller or an accomplice who is adept at quickly pocketing any valuables you may have in your house.
“The best thing is to not let them in at all, and call the police if you are concerned.”
Anyone who may have seen the red van, or thinks they may have received a similar call can contact DC Adams at Bedford CID directly on 01234 275142, or call the 24-hour non-emergency number 101.