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Residents Urged To Be Wary Of Bogus Official Burglars, Pontefract Area – West Yorkshire Police

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Friday 22 March, 2019

Police are warning resident to be vigilant following recent bogus official offences in Pontefract area.

Wakefield District CID are investigating the offences in which suspects pretending to be waterboard officials have conned their way into the homes of elderly and vulnerable residents.

Officers are asking residents to look out for vulnerable relatives and want to remind them they are under no obligation to let people into their homes.

The first offence took place at about 8.30am on Monday March 18 after a man and woman gained access to the home of a 92-year-old woman in Stockingate South Kirby by pretending to be from the waterboard.  They stole cash from the victim’s purse before leaving in a silver van.

In the second offence a woman conned her way into a house on East Drive, Pontefract at about 3.48pm on March 20.  A male then entered but both left after the householder became suspicious.

At 4.20pm on the same day a woman was let into a house on Acacia Avenue in Pontefract and then distracted the 82-year-old victim while a male stole money from her purse.

The woman was white about 30-35-years-old, 5ft to 5ft 5ins tall, slim, with fair hair in a pony tail. 

The man was described as white, in his mid to late 30s about 5ft 8ins to 6ft tall, slim with dark hair and wearing a light T shirt.

Detective Inspector Sam Freeman of Wakefield CID, said: “We are linking these three incidents and are currently investigating all the crimes which we think were committed by the same suspects.

“I would like to appeal to any witnesses who haven’t already been spoken to by Police or anyone with any CCTV or Dashcam footage which may assist. 

“They can contact Wakefield CID via 101 or the independent Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

“Information can also be given online to West Yorkshire Police at 101Livechat at www.westyorkshire.police.uk/101livechat

She added: “We would ask residents to be vigilant, challenge anyone who comes without an appointment to you home, ask for identification and if in doubt don’t allow them access until you have checked with the relevant organisation. 

“For them to ensure this advice is passed onto elderly relatives or persons they may care for and to look out for elderly neighbours.  Please also to report any suspicious incidents to the Police immediately.”

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