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Police warn Lichfield and Burntwood residents following bogus official crimes

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Staffordshire Police are warning people in Burntwood to be extra vigilant following  two incidents of theft by bogus officials.

Both incidents occurred today (Friday, January 7) with Police investigating possible links between the two incidents which were 8 miles apart.

The first tool place at around 12:30pm when a man called at a home in Hill Street, Chasetown posing as a gas board worker claiming he wanted to discuss changing her supplier. He was allowed in by the 32-year old disabled occupier who realised money was missing from her purse after he left.

The man was described as white, aged in his late 30s to early 40s, with balding, mousey blond hair. He was wearing a high-vis jacket and had a clip-board and ID tag.

Around an hour later a man called to a house in Bower House, Lichfield claiming there was a burst water pipe. Upon leaving the couple living there discovered cash was missing. The man is described as white, well-built, aged in his late 30s to 50s, around 5ft 7ins tall and was wearing a dark zipped jacket and dark hat.

Anyone with information should ring Staffordshire Police on 0300 123 4455, quoting incident numbers 400 and 401 of 7 January, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Officers are also urging residents to follow this advice when people come to their doors;

  • Before you answer, stop and think – are you expecting anyone?
  • Check that your back door is closed and locked and take the key out.
  • Put the door bar or chain on.
  • Look through the spyhole (if your door has one) or the window to see who it is. Always keep the bar or chain on while you are talking to the person on your doorstep.
  • Ask for and carefully check their identity card, even if they have a prearranged appointment (all genuine callers will carry one). Do they look like the person on the card? Is the name the same one as that on your letter? Close the door while you do this.
  • If you are not expecting them and they have not shown you an identity card, do not let them in until you have checked.
  • If in any doubt, dial 999 immediately.

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