1. ITV Report

Burglars posing as police officers target elderly

Photo: West Midlands Police.

Police have released CCTV footage following a spate of distraction burglaries where the offender has claimed to be a police officer.

The man has been described as white, around 6ft tall and of a heavy build, a number of victims have described the man as having a large ‘pot belly’.

He is believed to have targeted the elderly in their own homes while travelling across the West Midlands.

Officers are now linking 13 burglaries that have happened since March including five in Coventry four in Sandwell and four in Birmingham.

It's believed the man responsile has an accomplice who acts as his lookout and the two men have driven away in a car similar to a silver Rover 45 or 400.

They are thought to have taken items including cash, jewellery and credit cards.

The CCTV footage released s from a burglary that happened on Wake Green Road on the 28 March and shows the suspect and the offending vehicle. DC Tom Lyons, from West Midlands Police CID, said:

"The worrying thing is that the man appears to have some kind of fake identification with him. The victims say that he is very convincing and on nearly all occasions he claims that he is an under-cover officer and needs to use the house as a surveillance lookout. We would advise people to be vigilant when they have callers at the door. If they have anyone claiming to be a police officer then please call us on 101 so we can check their identity out for you. Do not open the door until this has been confirmed. If the officer is genuine they will happily wait for you to confirm their identity. If they are not who they say they are it will also alert us and allow us to send officers out straight away to catch these unscrupulous thieves."

– DC Tom Lyons, from West Midlands Police CID.

Anyone with information is asked to call West Midlands Police on 101.