Detectives in Poole are appealing for witnesses after distraction burglars stole money from two elderly people in the Hamworthy area of the town – with e-fits of the offenders being released.
Between 5pm and 6pm on Monday 12 December 2011, two men purporting to be water board officials gained entry to two properties along The Old Rope Walk and stole cash from both victims.
Detective Constable Mark Colborne, of Bournemouth CID, said:
“On both occasions a man asked the victims – each aged in their eighties – to test the taps in their kitchens. While this was taking place, a second man has conducted a search of the address.
“Following further enquiries, I am now able to release e-fits of the two offenders and I am appealing for anyone who recognises these two men to call Dorset Police urgently.
“I am also appealing for anyone who has any information about the incident to call me – in confidence – as soon as possible.”
One of the offenders is white, aged in his mid thirties to early forties, of a slim to medium build, with dark brown hair and brown eyes. He spoke with a speech impediment that the victim found difficult to understand.
The other offender is also white, aged between 45 and 50, around five feet four inches tall, of a large build, with black wavy or curly hair. He has weathered, tanned skin.
DC Colborne added:
“I would like to remind members of the public, especially over the festive period, to be vigilant and to always ask for identification – a genuine caller will always be happy to assist.”
Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 12:422. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.