POLICE are warning pensioners to be on their guard after two elderly residents were left devastated by falling victim to distraction burglars in the same week.
Last Wednesday, a woman pensioner was targeted at her Brymbo home between 1-3pm.
The 84-year-old had fallen asleep in a chair and had left her back door slightly ajar.
She woke to find a man inside her house who claimed to be from the water board.
The pensioner later discovered the man had made off with an undisclosed sum of cash.
The offender is described as being in his mid 40s, about 5ft 10in, with dark brown hair worn short and brushed back. He was wearing a dark-coloured suit.
Police believe the man could have been one of a gang of three spotted in the area at about the same time.
The burglary followed a similar incident in Rossett last Tuesday.
A 93-year-old woman disturbed two men searching her home shortly before 1pm.
When questioned, they claimed to be from the electric company and were there to read the meter.
She later discovered her pension money had been stolen.
There is no description of the offenders available.
Police are not linking the two incidents but said the possibility cannot be ruled out.
And they are urging the elderly to be extra vigilant and as security conscious as possible, especially now the weather is warmer.
DC Andy Crawford, of the Wrexham burglary squad, said: 'We usually see an increase in the number of burglaries at this time of year as householders tend to leave doors and windows open in the warmer weather and also spend more time outdoors or in the garden.
'This is like an open invitation to thieves who can spot an opportunity to be in and out in seconds.'
'We would also urge residents where possible to keep an eye out for their elderly neighbours, especially those living on their own, and offer assistance if they see strangers or anything suspicious taking place at their properties.
'Thieves who prey on the elderly look for give-away signs to help them identify where pensioners live.'
Alan Davis, chief officer of Age Concern in North East Wales, said: 'We would urge everybody to carefully check the ID of anyone calling at their home. If people are unsure, the best thing to do is to phone the company the caller is from and check they are genuine while they wait on the doorstep.
'If anybody finds themselves in a similar situation they can also contact Trading Standards who are keen to help track down these bogus callers. It also helps if residents are part of a Neighbour-hood Watch scheme - these are the things which will help warn off potential thieves.'
Anyone with information about the burglaries is asked to contact North Wales Police on 0845 607 1002.
Age Concern in Wrexham can be contacted on 01244 571999.