Con artists posing as jewellery sellers stole an gold chain from a man in Alfreton –minutes before trying their luck on another victim.
A 73-year-old man called police at 11.30am on Sunday after he was approached by two women offering to sell him a gold chain on Lime’s Avenue. When he declined, one of the women put a low-value chain around his wrist, pleading with the man to buy it. He declined again and the women went away.
They were then seen to drive off in a red car. Shortly afterwards he realised his expensive gold chain had been replaced with a cheap one.
At 11.40am, a 60-year-old woman was stopped by the women on Collin’s Street.
She was on a mobility scooter and was approached by two suspects of a similar description, who asked her for directions to the hospital.
The 60-year-old tried to drive her scooter around the women - who made unsuccessful attempts to block her path. The woman managed to get away from them and nothing was stolen.
In both incidents the suspects were described as of Asian origin and in their late teens to early 20s. One of the women was around 5ft 6inches and wore a purple head scarf.
If you have any information which could help police, call them on non-emergency number 101.