Young female thieves targeting older men in Bundy
BUNDABERG police are warning seniors to be more careful about who they trust after a spate of thefts by younger women at Coonarr and Bundaberg South.
"Over the past few days senior members of our community have become victims after property was stolen from their homes while they were at home," Senior Constable Danielle Loftus said.
"Seniors enjoy company and it's disappointing that adults have allegedly befriended these seniors and have then stolen from them."
Police are investigating two stealing offences from dwellings between 9.30am March 3 and 6pm March 5 at Coonarr and between 4am and 4.15am on March 7 at Bundaberg South.
At the Coonarr address in Gumtree Crt, offenders befriended a senior person over a short time and stole an iPad, credit card, jewellery, clothing, prescription glasses, alcohol and towels.
Police said the credit card has since been used fraudulently.
If you have any information that could help with the investigation, contact Policelink on 131 444 with the reference number QP1600401284.
Police said a woman aged between 30 to 40 also knocked on the front door of a house in Watson St, Bundaberg South.
The woman asked to use the toilet and her host made her a cup of coffee.
When the drink was ready to be served, the victim noticed the woman had left and after a few checks, it appeared she had taken a Visa card and cash from a wallet.
If you have any information, contact Policelink on 131 444 with the reference number QP1600404795.
"If you live near a senior or elderly person and have the chance to speak with them, please encourage them to be cautious with personal info they give to people," Snr Const Loftus said.
"Tell them to make their homes less vulnerable to thieves - lock it up.
"Tell them to trust their instincts and if they are feeling unsure, do not allow someone entry to their home.
"If a stranger or new acquaintance asks you to use your phone and you'd like to help, consider making the call yourself while they wait outside."
If they are concerned, another strategy they can use is to pretend someone else is inside, for example, call out "Hey John, can you come out?" or "Jane, call the police."
Police also advise seniors to program phone numbers of a relative, neighbour and friend they can call, as well as Policelink (131 444) and 000.