Police are appealing for information after burglars targeted the homes of two pensioners in Gedling and Carlton on the same day.
Thieves got away with items from an address in Gedling, but were disturbed and fled the property in Carlton before they could steal anything.
In the first incident, two white men knocked on the front door of an 88-year-old woman’s home, off Burton Road, Gedling, between 6pm and 7pm on Wednesday, May 22.
The men asked her a couple of questions before leaving. They then returned and entered the property through the back door, while the woman was inside, before stealing items from within.
Between the same times as stated two men tried to enter through the front door of an 80-year-old woman’s home in South View Road, Carlton.
The pensioner then saw the two men in her back garden who ran towards her car port before leaving her property.
A spokesman for Nottinghamshire Police said: “We’re currently treating both incidents as linked and officers are working hard to trace the suspects.
“One of the men is about 5ft 10ins tall, of medium build and aged in his mid 20s. He had a scruffy appearance and was wearing a black jumper and black bottoms, a baseball cap which was pulled down over his face. He spoke with a local accent.
“The other man is about 5ft 11ins tall, of medium build and aged in his mid 20s. He had a scruffy appearance and was wearing a black hooded top, dark bottoms and a dark baseball cap.
They added: “We’re urging any witnesses or anyone who has any information about these incidents or the men involved to get in contact with us as soon as possible.”
People who have information can call 101 and quoting incident number 781 of 22 May 2019. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Nottinghamshire Police are also reminding residents to be on their guard if someone they’re not expecting knocks on their door and to make sure their doors and windows are kept locked at all times.
“Don’t open your door unless you know who it is – use a door spy hole or door chain,” said the spokesman.
“Our advice is always to report any suspicious activity to police immediately on 101 or, in an emergency, call 999.”
For more information on how to protect your home visit https://www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/document/advice-home