Distraction burglaries in Hatfield
PUBLISHED: 16:30 21 April 2016 | UPDATED: 16:35 21 April 2016
Police officers investigating two distraction burglaries in Hatfield are appealing for witnesses and information.
Both incidents occurred in the Hazel Grove area of Hatfield.
The first took place between 2.30pm and 2.50pm on Thursday, April 14, when the offender told an elderly resident that he was fitting a washing machine next door and needed to check her water.
The victim, who was in her 70s, went into the kitchen to turn on the taps, while the offender said he would go into the bathroom to check the taps and turn the water off.
He searched rooms inside the property and stole cash, a bank book and a gold chain with the letter J on it.
The second distraction burglary happened on the same day between 2.45pm and 2.50pm in a nearby road.
A man told the resident, also in her 70s, that he needed to turn the water off. He then went into the kitchen and turned on both taps before going into the bathroom and turning on the taps.
While inside the property the man stole a handbag.
The offender is described as a white man, aged 50 to 59, around 5ft 5in tall, clean shaven, with grey hair and an Irish accent.
Detective constable Samantha Casey, who is investigating, said: “We believe this man may be targeting homes close to where real works are taking place.
“I would urge anyone who has been approached in the same way, or who saw anything suspicious in these locations to contact police immediately.
“I’d also like to take this opportunity to remind people to never open the door to a caller that you are not expecting, and if you do get a suspicious call, contact police immediately.
“Sadly, in the majority of distraction burglaries, it is the older people in our communities who are targeted, so I would ask people to pass this crime prevention advice on to older relatives, friends or neighbours.”
Anyone with information on the burglaries can call police on the non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference numbers B2/16/1509 and B2/16/1510
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