Burglars Pose As Police Officers

22 January 2013, 12:24 | Updated: 22 January 2013, 12:36

Bedfordshire Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after two men who were impersonating police officers, forced their way into a Houghton Regis home and stole money from the occupant.

The incident happened at around 10.45am on Thursday 17th January when two offenders called at the front door of a house in Recreation Road claiming to be police officers. The pair told the occupant that they had to search the house and one began looking through the resident’s kitchen cupboards while the other blocked the victim’s doorway. The victim managed to get out of the house and raise the alarm with a neighbour but the offenders fled in a maroon Vauxhall Vectra which may have had the registration number EA58 DUA.

Detective Constable Surfraz Hussain, who is investigating the distraction burglary, is keen to hear from anyone who was in Recreation Road at the time of the incident and may have seen the offenders either before or afterwards in the Vauxhall Vectra.

The first offender was a white male, in his early 30s, around five feet eight inches tall, of slim build and with short ginger hair which was cut into a point at the back. The offender was clean shaven, with a slim face and was wearing a dark coloured jacket and a black woolly hat. The second offender was also a white man, around five feet seven inches tall, of stocky build and wearing a black hat, black coat, black trousers and black shoes.

DC Hussain said: “We would remind everyone to be extremely cautious about anyone calling at their home, to always use a spy hole and door chain and to insist on identification. If you are in any way suspicious, dial 999.

“We would really like to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time or anyone else who may have information – however small or insignificant they think it is – that could help us. Don’t dismiss your information as unimportant – even tiny details which don’t seem relevant now might become useful later on in the investigation.”