Police e-fit of smiling burglar goes viral - The Leamington Observer

Police e-fit of smiling burglar goes viral

Leamington Editorial 4th Apr, 2018 Updated: 4th Apr, 2018   0

A POLICE e-fit picture of a man wanted in connection with a distraction burglary has gone viral.

Warwickshire Police posted the image of the man online on Tuesday (April 3) – and less than 24 hours later it had been shared on social media more than 22,000 times and ‘liked’ nearly 30,000 times.

The e-fit was released following a distraction burglary at around 2pm on February 5.

It saw two men claiming to be from Orbit Housing trick their way into a flat in Hertford Place in Stratford, which belonged to a woman in her 40s.

One of the men distracted the woman while the other man searched the property.

When the victim realised what they were doing she ordered them to leave.

The men left with a quantity of cash.

After releasing the e-fit police took to social media to confirm the image was not a joke and urge anyone with information to get in touch.

A spokesman said: “We can confirm this is real and that we anticipated the attention. But jokes aside, it was created from a description provided and it’s serious as a woman was victim of a horrible crime.

“Hopefully the attention will mean we identify the offender and bring him to justice quicker.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or call 0800 555 111 to speak to Crimestoppers anonymously.


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