THIEVES stole cash and valuable jewellery from the home of an elderly couple – after distracting them with a bed sheet.
Police Scotland are appealing for witnesses following the distraction theft, which took place at around 4.30pm last Thursday at the couple’s home in Northfield Broadway.
The 90-year-old man and his 89-year-old wife had just returned home when two women called at their door.
Upon answering, the women struck up a conversation and asked to borrow a pen and paper. When the occupants went to search for writing materials, the suspects followed them into the house before producing a pink sheet – obscuring the couple’s view of the doorway – at which point a third person entering the property and stealing money and cash.
Both women then left and were last seen walking north towards Portobello Road.
Police were contacted over the weekend after the victims realised they had been robbed and officers are now keen to hear from anyone who can assist with their inquiries.
Detective Constable Ben Leathes said: “This is certainly a very unusual crime.
“The elderly occupants were trying to assist two women, who appeared to be having trouble articulating in English, when they were robbed within their own home.
“The sheet was in a handbag and it was initially offered for sale. It obscured the doorway of the living room and the third person was able to make their way into the house and steal the cash and jewellery.
“At that point the couple then asked them to leave after they became suspicious.
“The couple were left very shaken up as a result of what happened.”
The gang were in the couple’s house for around 15 minutes before being asked to leave.
The first suspect is described as white, mid-30s, around 5ft 5in tall with a round build, tanned complexion and black hair. She was wearing a tight-fitted dress with blue and red straps crossing at the chest and spoke with a foreign accent.
The second suspect is white, mid-40s, 6ft tall with a medium build and short grey hair. She was wearing a black skirt suit, black round-framed glasses and carried a blue canvas shopping bag. She also spoke with a foreign accent.
DC Leathes added: “I would expect the perpetrators to try something like this again.
“As part of our inquiries, we will look into whether there have been any similar cases or if there is a pattern of victims. My advice to residents would be, if someone comes to the door in this way, don’t engage in conversation with them.
“Anyone who recognises the description of the suspects, or who has information relevant to this investigation, are asked to come forward.”
Those with information can call Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.