Residents are being warned to be on their guard from bogus callers after two elderly people were targeted.
A man purporting to be a roofer attended two addressed in Portland Gardens, North Shields, before 2pm on Monday, April 25.
He spoke to two elderly residents claiming roofing work was needed to their properties and offered to carry out the work.
The residents did not agree to the work being carried out and the man made off in a white transit van.
Nothing was stolen during the incident but officers believe the man was a bogus caller and not a workman as has he claimed.
Police are now appealing for any information about both incidents and are warning members of the local community to be on their guard.
North Shields Neighbourhood Inspector, Neil Armsworth, said: “We believe these two incidents are linked and that the suspect has targeted these addresses because of the vulnerability of the occupants.
“We want to warn people to be on guard against these type of offenders. You should never let cold callers come into your home if they turn up unannounced.
“We would also like to ask members of the community to look out for elderly or vulnerable neighbours who could be victims of this type of crime.”
Anyone with information about the incidents, or saw anything suspicious in the area at the time, is asked to contact police on 101 extension 69191 quoting reference number 513 25/04/16 or independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.