Police are warning residents in Leicester to be vigilant following a distraction burglary, where a thief claimed to be a police officer to gain entry to a house.
The incident happened in Glenfield between 8pm and 8.15pm on Thursday 21 December. An elderly resident in Stamford Street noticed a man in his garden who claimed to be a police officer and stated that the victim had been burgled.
The two went upstairs to investigate and the suspect then disappeared downstairs. After he had gone the victim realised a quantity of cash had been stolen from the address.
The suspect is described as white and dressed in black with a scarf over his face.
Detective Constable Luke Wilsher is asking people, particularly in the local area, to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the police immediately.
He added: “We would also like to remind people that anyone who claims to be a police officer will carry ID and if you have any doubts contact the police to verify they are a genuine officer.”
“If anyone has any information about this incident and the person responsible, please get in touch with us.”
If you have information that could help Police, please contact them on 101. You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Your personal details won’t be taken, information isn’t traced or recorded and you will not be required to go to court.
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