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Police alert over bogus workmen after spate of thefts 

Police are warning householders to be on their guard over potentially “bogus” workmen after two men were arrested for multiple burglaries.

The duo posed as representatives of the water board and told the occupiers they wanted to read the meters.

They were particularly active in the districts of Chamberí and Salamanca and staked out elderly victims, especially if they lived alone and had mobility problems.

Once inside the property, they would carry out a search, taking jewellery, money and other effects that they later sold in stores.

The investigation began in January when a woman complained several jewels were missing from her home after a man claiming to be from the water board called.

Police then discovered several other similar incidents in the same area and set up a surveillance operation.

The two men were arrested on suspicion of carrying out at least seven burglaries. Officers also managed to retrieve a quantity of sentimental jewellery which was returned to the owners.

The “modus operandi” involved one of the men pretending to look at the meter whilst the other searched the property.

Police say householders should always be aware if a stranger appears on their doorstep claiming to be an official.

Always ask for identification and keep the door closed until you are satisifed.

Reviews of butane gas are carried out every five years and earlier dates cannot be made unless there are changes at the facility.

If in doubt, call the company supplying the service but never use the phone numbers provided by the operators themselves.