Police in Cowdenbeath are hunting callous doorstep sneak thieves who target old folk by pretending to be from the council, reports GAIL MILNE.
The warning to townsfolk comes after two thefts happened and in both cases, elderly householders were targeted and substantial sums of money were stolen.
In the first case a man tricked his way into the home of a 79-year-old man by claiming to be from the water board and while he distracted the householder an accomplice sneaked inside and stole a large amount of cash.
An 83-year-old woman was also the victim of a similar style of distraction theft. This time the man responsible tricked his way into her home by claiming to be from the council and needing to assess her property for work to be carried out. Again, while she was distracted, another man went inside her home and also stole money.
Police say it appears that three men were involved in these thefts and are appealing for witnesses who may have been in the area at the time and saw anything suspicious, no matter how insignificant it may appear. to contact them on 0845 600 5702 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.