Police warning over bogus caller in Chiswell Green

A WARNING from police to elderly people to be vigilant follows two similar distraction burglaries for which a woman was responsible. The first happened in Chiswell Green in the middle of last month when the woman got into a house and was carrying out a se

A WARNING from police to elderly people to be vigilant follows two similar distraction burglaries for which a woman was responsible.

The first happened in Chiswell Green in the middle of last month when the woman got into a house and was carrying out a search when she was confronted in a bedroom.

She claimed she was looking for her dog and left, taking nothing with her.

In an earlier incident in May in the St Julian's area of the city, the woman also got into a property and when confronted, claimed she was looking for her black poodle. But on that occasion she got away with a number of items of jewellery and a purse containing cash.


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The woman is described as small - between 4ft 8ins and 5ft tall - white, aged between 50 and 60 and of medium to large build. She had dark brown hair and was said to have been of tanned appearance.

DC Kelly Adams from Operation Manhunt, the police team dedicated to catching distraction burglars, appealed to anyone who had seen the woman acting suspiciously or had suffered a similar experience to contact the non-emergency number on 0845 33 00 222 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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She also advised people to be extra vigilant and remind elderly relatives not to open the door to anyone they were not expecting and always report suspicious behaviour immediately to the police.

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