Surrey Police have released an e-fit of a man they would like to speak with in connection with a distraction burglary in Epsom on Tuesday, 10 September.
The distraction burglary took place at around 7pm in Albert Road, Epsom, where the police received reports that two men entered the property pretending to be from a water company. Whilst one distracted the 84 year old victim, the other stole a coin collection worth £3774.
The man in the e-fit image is described as white, in his mid 40s, around 5’11” tall and of big build. He had a stubbly beard and was wearing a black baseball cap with yellow stripes on. He was wearing a dark jacket, dark trousers and black rubber gloves with green markings on.
He was with another man also believed to be connected who has been described as white, late 30s to early 40s, around 5’6” tall and of slim build. He was also wearing a black baseball cap with yellow stripes on. He was clean shaven wearing a dark jacket, dark trousers and the same black rubber gloves with green markings on.
If you recognise the man from the e-fit, or if you were in the area and may have witnessed something, or have any further information which could assist the police with their investigation, they would urge you to contact them.
If you have any information please call them on 101 quoting crime reference PR/45190096171 or via their online reporting system https://www.surrey.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/ and enter the reference number in the ‘Incident Details’ section.
You can also give information, 100% anonymously, to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at https://crimestoppers-uk.org/
Distraction burglary is a crime whereby trick or distraction is used on the occupant in order to gain access to the property and commit burglary. Whilst the majority of people who knock on your door will be legitimate, there have been more cases such as this one whereby burglars have pretended to be from a business and entered under false pretenses. To avoid distraction burglary, consider the following things:
Water company officials do not need to access your home to test water pressure or repair a leak
Gas or electricity company officials expect you to check their identity before letting them in.
If they need to access your home, they will write to you to arrange a suitable appointment.
If you have any doubts, don’t let the caller in and telephone the company to confirm that they are genuine.
For more advice and preventative measures, click here: https://www.surrey.police.uk/advice/protect-yourself-and-others/doorstep-crime/
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For all non-emergency policing matters there are a number of ways to contact the police including reporting online at https://report.police.uk/ and calling 101.
Call 999 if you have a genuine emergency requiring the attendance of the police (eg a crime is in progress or someone is in immediate danger)
Call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 if you have information about a crime and don’t want to leave your name.