Police are urging residents to be vigilant after two incidents in Bolsover where thieves have used distraction to swap real jewellery for a cheap alternative.
The most recent took place at around 12.50pm on Sunday, September 1. An 86-year-old woman was walking with a friend along Portland Avenue, near to the Salvation Army hut, when they were approached by two women.
They offered the victim and her friend some gold coloured jewellery and placed a necklace around her neck. She declined, and the offenders removed the chain. She later realised her own gold necklace had been stolen from her neck.
The offenders, who were both women, spoke with broken English and are thought to have been Romanian.
A gold wedding ring was also stolen from a 79-year-old man during a similar incident at around 6pm on Thursday, August 15 on Langwith Road, Bolsover.
The man was approached by two women who started talking to the man and attempted to put two gold coloured rings on his finger.
He told the women he was not interested and took the rings off, but then later found his own ring had been taken from his hand.
The women were described as being aged in their 20s, of a slim build and wearing grey or blue dresses.
Throughout Derbyshire, and since the start of the year there have been a further 11 similar incidents, taking place in Alfreton, Derby and Long Eaton.
Inspector Frank Burns, who is in charge of policing in the Bolsover area, said: “This type of crime doesn’t happen often but in light of the recent incidents I would remind residents to make sure they are vigilant.
“Reputable jewellery sellers will not approach customers in the street so please be aware and if you notice anyone acting suspiciously then contact the police as soon as possible.”
Anyone with information about these incidents should contact Derbyshire police on 101, the non emergency number, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.