Surrey Police: 'Desperate' gang target Cobham and Hersham elderly

A gang of would-be burglars made "deliberate and concerted" efforts to trick their way into elderly people's homes, Surrey Police have said.

Police said three men tried to burgle flats in Cobham and failed on Monday, but were so desperate to steal they immediately did the same in Hersham.

Det Con Tracey Heneghan, of Surrey Police, said the gang targeted areas with a high number of elderly people.

The men left both scenes empty-handed but were seen trying to get into flats.

She said the suspects made no attempt to be discreet and people would have seen them either in Winstanley Close, Cobham, at about 14:30 BST, or Burwood Road, Hersham, 10 minutes later.

'Reading meters'

Members of the public have already told police the men tried to gain entry to several homes in a block of flats in Cobham by trying door handles and putting their hands through letter-boxes.

The men told one resident who challenged them in Cobham they were reading meters.

In the incident in Hersham, the suspects knocked on the doors of several properties and claimed to be selling carpet-cleaning products.

In an appeal for information, Det Con Heneghan said she wanted to speak to anyone who saw them drive away from the Hersham incident in a blue Audi.

She said both scenes had been forensically examined.

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