Officers are warning the public to be vigilant after men claiming to be Police burgled a number of homes across Leicestershire.
All the incidents happened yesterday evening (March 10) at addresses in Leicester, Loughborough and Narborough and detectives believe they are all linked.
The first burglary was reported at 7pm, at an address in Kirkstone Drive, Loughborough. It was reported a man had forced his way inside the property, having identified himself as a police officer.
One of the occupants, a man in his 80s, was stabbed with a screwdriver, causing minor injuries. A woman in her 70s was also assaulted before the man left the scene, taking jewellery.
A short while later, just before 8pm, Police received a report of burglary at an address in Chadwick Walk, in Beaumont Leys.
It was reported a man knocked on the door of a property and pushed past a woman in her 70s as she opened the door. The man stole jewellery, cash and a mobile phone before leaving the property.
The third incident happened just before 8.30pm at an address in Mill Hill Lane, Highfields.
A man knocked on the door of claiming to be a police officer. When the occupant, a woman in her 70s opened the door, the man forced his way inside. He pushed her to the floor and stole money and jewellery before leaving the scene.
At around 8.45pm, police received a report that a man had visited an address in Stainmore Drive, Narborough and claimed to be a police officer.
However the occupants of the address became suspicious and called police, resulting in the man leaving.
Detective Sergeant Scott Cairns, from the Complex Investigation team, said: “At this time we’re linking each of the incidents, as in all reports the suspect told the victims he was a police officer. We think the same person or people are responsible for each incident.”
“In each report, the man was wearing a high-visibility jacket and had their face covered. Given the time that each incident occurred, it’s believed the suspect or suspects used a vehicle.”
“I’d like to speak to anyone who has any information or who was also visited by someone claiming to be a police officer but has not yet contacted police.”
“Any details you’re able to provide, no matter how insignificant you think they may be, could help our investigation.”
“I’d also like to ask members of the public to remain vigilant. If someone visits your address and you are suspicious of who they’re claiming to be, ask for proof of identification.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Leicestershire Police on 101, quoting incident 521 of 10 March.