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15 January 2014, 10:30 | Updated: 15 January 2014, 10:33
Jewellery belonging to the late wife of an 88 year old man was stolen in a robbery at his Pertenhall home in North Beds.
The man answered a knock at the door at about half past six on Friday night, thinking a neighbour was calling on him.
When he opened the door he was confronted by three men who barged into the house with their faces covered.
They ushered the victim into his lounge where one of the gang remained with him saying that he would be unharmed if he did as he was told. The other two searched bedrooms upstairs stealing jewellery belonging to the victim's late wife. The items included a wedding and engagement rings and gold watch.
The man was physically unharmed but was left shaken. The robbers left ina dark coloured vehicle that was waiting along Kimbolton Road for their return. They then made off in the direction of Keysoe.
Today Beds Police warned all older residents and those who live near them to continue to be extremely cautious about answering the door to unexpected callers.
DC Kevin Howes, investigating, said: "This is an appalling offence on a defenseless member of the public and the police would like to speak to anyone with information or who can assist in any way.
"We want to alert the public to be cautious when answering the door, particularly during the hours of darkness. If you live near an older person or have an elderly relative, encourage them to ask questions beforehand to identify visitors before unlocking or opening the door."