Ipswich – Residents urged to be wary of giving lifts or money to a male
Police are urging members of the public to be wary of a male asking for money or lifts in Ipswich.
This warning follows a couple of incidents in which a male has convinced members of the community to help him.
The first incident was reported to police on Sunday 4 August and took place in Waveney Road at around 6pm.
An unknown male approached the victim – a man in his 70s – and told him that he was a neighbour and that he had locked his wallet and key fob in his car.
The victim then drove the male to Woodbridge Road so that he could get a new key fob. When they got to the male’s car, he got in and then came back a few minutes later and said he needed £100 to get the fob. The victim gave him the money and the male said he would give it him back, once he got back to his car but he never returned.
The victim knocked on a neighbour’s door in Waveney Road and asked if they knew the male but the occupant told him that the male did not reside there.
The male suspect is described as 5ft 7ins tall, with an unshaven, round face and dark hair. He was also heard speaking with what was described as being an eastern European accent.
A second incident was reported to police on Monday 12 August and took place in Clapgate Lane at around 11.15am.
An unknown male knocked on the door of a property and said a person’s name and that he’d been locked out of his car. He then asked if the victim – a man in his 60s – could give him a lift so that he could get a new key fob.
The victim agreed to give the male a lift and then drove him to the Matalan car park. The male told the victim not to get out otherwise he would get a ticket. He then left in the direction of the bingo hall in Ranelagh Road and was not seen again.
Anyone with any information should contact Suffolk police quoting crime number 37/48280/19 (12 August) and 37/46785/19 (4 August).
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