18th Dec, 2017

Police warning following two distraction burglaries in Leamington

Leamington Editorial 12th Sep, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

FFICERS are urging residents to be vigilant to bogus callers following two attempted distraction burglaries in Leamington.

An elderly woman was the first to be approached sometime between 3.30pm and 4pm on Thursday (September 10).

A man came to her home in Gresham Avenue claiming he had been sent to clean the guttering and distracted the woman by taking payment while another man went upstairs.

Nothing was taken and both men then drove off in a van without carrying out any work.

One is decribed as in his mid to late 50’s with a muscular build, suntanned, around 5ft 10in tall with mousey brown hair while the other – thought to be around 18 years old – is roughly 5ft tall and of slim build.

In a second incident on the same day, a van pulled up to a property on Cubbington Road around 5.45pm and three men told the resident some tiling needed to be done.

They asked for money but were disturbed by a neighbour arriving home and left in a blue van with writing on before any cash was exchanged.

Following the incidents, police are now warning people to keep on their guard and ensure all doors and windows are locked for safety.

They advise people to use a chain when answering the door, and check the identification of any callers claiming to be workmen.

If in doubt, police suggest calling the company they claim to be from on the number in the telephone book or an independent source – not on a number provided by the callers.

Anyone with information about the two distraction burglaries is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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