Residents urged to be vigilant following distraction burglaries - The Leamington Observer

Residents urged to be vigilant following distraction burglaries

Laura Kearns 17th Jan, 2020 Updated: 17th Jan, 2020   0

RESIDENTS are being urged to be vigilant following two distraction burglaries.

The properties in Leamington and Rugby were targeted by thieves pretending to work for water companies on January 14.

The first incident happened at around 6pm on Quarry Close in Rugby when two men entered the victims’ house. They were asked for details of the company they were from and then left without taking anything.

They are described as two white men, and one is believed to have a Liverpudlian or Irish accent.

The second incident happened at around 7pm the same day at an address on Rylands Close in Leamington. A man pretending to be from a water company has entered the victim’s property and stolen a quantity of cash.

He is described as white, around 6ft tall, of slim build and wearing dark clothing.

Det Insp Cindy Stephenson from Warwickshire Police said: “We are investigating both incidents, which we believe to be linked, and would urge residents to be wary of cold callers at the door and to not let them into the house, no matter how good their intentions may seem.

“These callers will use ways to distract the occupant, making up stories to get into the house and then when they’re inside, stealing anything valuable that may be on display. Often, their stories are very convincing and the occupant will have no reason not to think they are genuine but we really want people to be on their guard.”

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

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