Bogus “police” in distraction burglary

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POLICE are appealing for information after a family was targeted by distraction burglars in Burnley.

The offence took place around 8-10pm on Thursday when four men knocked at the door of a house on Carlton Road purporting to be police officers.

They told the elderly resident they needed to carry out a search without providing a reason and began to search the premises before one of the other occupants become suspicious and tried to call her husband.

The men stole Samsung phone and around £200 in cash before leaving.

Police are investigating the incident and are appealing to anyone with information about the group to come forward.

Det. Insp Jes Holland from Burnley CID said: “The police are no different than any other organisation when it comes to attending your house. They will either be in full uniform or be carrying identification. A genuine police officer won’t mind showing you their ID and equally won’t mind waiting while you call the local police station to verify their details.

“These men were clearly successful in distracting the residents at the address so they could steal their belongings. We urge people to be vigilant and make sure they ask for ID.

“Anybody with any information about this incident or who saw anybody acting suspiciously in the area around the time of the offence should come forward and contact Lancashire Police on 101.”

The men are described as white, aged between 25 and 35 and were wearing smart/casual dark clothes. One of the men was wearing a light pink T-shirt and a second man was described as being very tall with a bald or shaved head.

People with information can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org.