Two elderly people attacked and, in one case bound, by intruders who targeted homes on London Road, Newark, and Carlton-on-Trent
An elderly man was shoved to the ground and a woman, 75, was bound by an intruder claiming to be police in separate burglaries committed yesterday.
One victim said he was frightened to death and the second opened the door because her assailant claimed he was a policeman.
In both cases, Nottinghamshire Police is appealing for witnesses.
87-year-old Dennis Barker was lying on his bed when two men broke into his house in the Main Street area of Carlton-on-Trent, at around 4.15pm yesterday (Monday, February 17).
Mr Barker said: "I was frightened to death and just feel absolutely shocked after what happened."
Mr Barker was at home at around 3.15pm when he heard someone knocking at his front door.
"I opened it and saw a man who asked if I needed any jobs doing to which I replied that I didn't. He then left on foot," he said.
"About an hour later I was in my lounge when I became aware of a man standing in my back garden looking into my lounge through the patio windows.
"I also saw another man in my garden.
"I just thought they'd go away and so I went to lie on my bed to rest my legs.
"A short time later there was a loud bang coming from my front door and then the sound of breaking glass.
"The next thing I knew the two men were in my bedroom.
"They rolled me off the bed and onto the floor and said 'don't call the police or we'll come back tonight and beat you up.'"
After searching his bedroom the suspects, who threatened Mr Barker with violence if he moved, stole a quantity of cash and a gold watch.
Mr Barker got to his feet and followed the suspects to the doorway but as they left they pushed him, causing him to fall to the floor and cut his hand on broken glass.
Police responded to a report of a second burglary, at a 75-year-old woman's home on London Road, Newark, which happened between 7.20pm and 7.40pm yesterday.
A man knocked on her door, pretending to be a police officer.
Once she opened the door, the suspect pushed his way inside.
He tied the victim up before searching her home.
He left the property with a quantity of cash and items of jewellery.
Detective Sergeant Rick Ellis, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: "These were frightening experiences for both victims and we are currently carrying out extensive enquiries to trace the suspects responsible.
"We are currently keeping an open mind as to whether or not these two incidents may be linked but we are urging anyone who has any information about either incident to please get in touch with us as soon as possible.
"In particular we'd like to hear from anyone who was in these areas around the times of the incidents, and who may have seen anything suspicious, and anyone who may have recorded CCTV or dashcam footage which could assist us with our enquiries.
"We would also urge people to vigilant, especially if someone you’re not expecting – a man, woman or even a child — knocks on your door.
“Distraction burglars often prey on our most vulnerable residents, tricking their way into homes by making up stories, by pretending to work for an official company or asking for help to try to gain entry.
“Don’t allow anyone without valid identification access to your home and, if you’re unsure, don’t let them in. Keep the chain on the door while talking to them and check with the company that the person is purporting to be from.
“Our advice is always to say no to cold-callers and to report any suspicious activity to police immediately."
Anyone who has any information about the Newark burglary is urged to call Nottinghamshire Police on 101 with incident number 924 of February 17.
One of the suspects in the Newark case is white, thought to be aged in his early 20s and about 5ft 8ins tall. He is of medium build, clean shaven and has short brown hair.
The second suspect is white, believed to be aged in his early 20s and about 5ft 8ins tall. He is of medium build, clean shaven and has short fair-coloured hair.
In respect of the Carlton burglary, call 101 with incident 748 of February 17.
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