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Southampton pensioner robbed of jewellery - do you recognise these men?

E-fit of burglar Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

Police have released E-fits of two men they would like to identify in connection with a distraction burglary incident in Southampton.

Distraction burglary Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

A woman in her 80s answered her door in the Shirley area to two men who offered to carry out guttering improvement work.

Whilst one of the men talked to the woman about the work, the other man searched her home.

Both men left having stolen a quantity of jewellery including gold rings, chains and bracelets.


Efit released after elderly woman targeted in distraction burglary

Police investigating a distraction burglary in Chichester have released an efit of the suspect.

An elderly woman reported that a man knocked at her address in Shopwhyke Road on the afternoon of Saturday 21st May and offered to carry out some gardening work. Once inside, he stole a wallet and cash before making off.

A small dark coloured car and a dark silver Ford Mondeo were both seen parked in the area around the time of the incident, and officers are appealing for the owners of these vehicles to come forward.

Police want to speak to this man in connection with a distraction burglary in Chichester Credit: Sussex Police

"This is one of the lowest forms of crime someone could commit, and one which no one can be proud of. If anyone recognises the suspect from the efit or has any information that may assist, we would be grateful to hear from them.

"In particular, we would like to speak to anyone who travelled along this road, east of the Oving traffic lights, around the time of the incident, and anyone who may have a dashboard camera fitted. This simple device may have evidence that court assist us in this enquiry.

"We are also appealing for the owners of either of the two cars seen parked in the street to get in touch.”

– Detective Constable Gavin Percival

Appeal over distraction burglary

Police investigating a distraction burglary in West Parley have released this efit of the offender Credit: Dorset Police

Police are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward following a distraction burglary in West Parley.

The incident happened at around 10.45am on Wednesday 19 November 2014 in Ellesfield Drive.

A man claiming to be a tree surgeon approached an 80-year-old woman about cutting a tree in the back garden.

After speaking with the victim, the offender claimed he would need a cherry picker to carry out the work and quoted her £600.

The victim drove to the bank and withdrew the money while the suspect waited outside the house.

She returned 20 minutes later and handed the money to the offender who left and did not return to carry out the work.

“The offender was said to be driving a white tipper van in the West Parley area for around 30 minutes on the morning of Wednesday 19 November 2014. As part of my investigation, I am now in a position to release an e-fit of the suspect. I urge anyone who recognises the man or who saw someone matching the description of the offender or the van, to contact me. All calls will be dealt with in strict confidence. The offender is described as a white man, five feet eight inches tall, of medium build with short greying hair. He was chubby in the face and was wearing blue jeans, a grey or blue coloured long-sleeved shirt and a baseball cap. I advise members of the community to be vigilant and encourage them to observe the following advice: - Do not buy, sell or sign up to any work on the doorstep no matter how urgent the caller tells you the work is - Keep the door chained when speaking with strangers - If you think you may need repairs done to your property, get at least two written quotes. If you are suspicious of a caller’s intentions, tell them to go away and call a family member or neighbour and inform the police on 101. If they won’t leave, then call 999."

– Deputy Neighbourhood Inspector Simon Perry, of Ferndown police

Jewellery stolen from elderly man

Thames Valley Police has released an e-fit in relation to a distraction burglary in Main Street, Forest Hill.

Between 8.45pm and 9pm on Monday4 August, a man knocked on the door of an elderly man's house and asked to look in his back garden claiming his dog had jumped over the gate.

The victim accompanied the man into the back garden, he then returned to the property and noticed a second man in his house who ran out the front door.

The two men then fled the scene in a large black car.

The victim checked upstairs and noticed his gold-coloured pocket watch from Smiths of Witney, a pair of gold and pearl earrings, a gold necklace and a 1914 gold sovereign coin were missing.

Anyone with information should contact Det Con Fran Griffin of Abingdon police station via the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101.

Efit released following distraction burglary

Police want to speak to this man in connection with a distraction burglary Credit: Kent Police

Detectives investigating a distraction burglary in Herne bay have released a computer generated image of a man that they would like to speak to.**

*On the afternoon of 19 April a man aged in his 60s received a knock at his front door in Claremont Street in Herne Bay. *

A man was there who asked if he would borrow a pen and paper from the victim to note down some details.**

When the man left the victim noticed that his cash box was missing and it is believed a second man entered the property while the victim was being distracted by the caller at his front door. The box was believed to have had over £100 in it.**

The victim has assisted with the production of a computer generated image and officers would now like to speak to anyone who recognises the man in the image.**


Burglars distract 84-year-old woman to steal £3000

This E-fit has been released following a distraction burglary in Whitstable Credit: Kent Police

A 84-year-old woman from Kent was distracted during a burglary where more than £3000 was stolen from her home.

Police would like to speak to a man after the distraction burglary at an address in Sandpiper Road in Whitstable.

The incident took place between 1.30pm and 2.30pm on Friday 14th March when two men offered to clean the woman's gutters for £15.

After this was completed, they then told her the roof was damaged and could be fixed for £450 and she agreed to have the work done.

One man then asked to use the toilet but was found by the victim in her bedroom where he stole more than £3000 cash.

Police would like to hear from anyone who can identify the man in the e-fit image.

Distraction burglary in Salisbury

Police are appealing for information regarding a distraction burglary at the home of an elderly lady in Salisbury.

At 1:30 pm on Friday 31st January 2014, a man called at a property on Winchester Street saying he had come to collect some books she had promised to his wife.

Police want to speak to this man in connection with a distraction burglary Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

The victim was intimidated and he entered the house and looked around, he told the lady that his wife would be in contact and left.

A short time later the victim discovered that a ladies gold watch of Japanese origin had been stolen.

The man is described as white, 5ft 11 tall, aged in his late forties/early fifties. He had a round face and thick rimmed glasses. He wore a knee length dark grey woollen coat, dark trousers and black lace up shoes.

Warning over bogus callers

Householders across our region have been warned against the threat of bogus callers and distraction burglaries.

There has been an increase in criminals pretending to be from a utility company or organisation to trick their way into a home before stealing money and valuables.

The callers may appear to be wearing official uniform but homeowners are being advised to ask for their identification and then call the company.

Ten bogus callers are reported in England every day but the actual number of incidents are expected to be higher.

The Consumer Council for Water has produced a list to protect against bogus callers.

  • Keep your doors locked and windows secure at all times.
  • Ask to see the caller's identification.
  • Check the person is genuine by calling the organisation.
  • It's OK to refuse entry or ask the person to leave at any time- if legitimate, they can ring ahead or reschedule.