Distraction burglary E-fit released after attempted theft from Hatfield pensioner

PUBLISHED: 22:09 07 February 2014 | UPDATED: 22:10 07 February 2014

Police would like to speak to this man in connection with an attempted distraction burglary in Hatfield

Police would like to speak to this man in connection with an attempted distraction burglary in Hatfield

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Police would like to speak to this man in connection with an attempted distraction burglary in Hatfield.

Between 6pm and 6.30pm on Sunday, January 5 a woman in her 80s received a call at her door by a man pretending to be her carer.

He then attempted to gain access to the property on Birchwood.

Her daughter, who was at the property at the time and answered the door, contacted police immediately, as the man was not believed to be the woman’s carer or is known to her.

The man is described as black, in his 30s and of a stocky build.

He is approximately 5ft 8inches tall, has a round face and was wearing a blue fleece top with a small logo on it saying ‘Welwyn Hatfield’ on it.

Detective Constable Julie Fewings from Operation Manhunt, the specialist unit which investigates distraction burglary, is investigating. She said: “We would like to speak to this man in order to determine whether his visit was legitimate. Until such time, we are treating this as an attempted distraction burglary.

“If you can help identify this man, or if this was you, please contact police as soon as possible.

“I would also use this opportunity to remind people of general safety advice when dealing with cold callers. If you have older relatives or neighbours I would urge you to take some time to tell them not to open the door to anyone they aren’t expecting and if they have concerns about a caller, to dial 999 immediately.”


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