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Distraction burglary in Aldershot

Police are appealing for witnesses and urging residents to follow crime prevention advice after an elderly couple were targeted by distraction burglars in Aldershot.

The incident occurred at around 4.30pm on Tuesday, April 8 at a house on Eddy Road.

One of the residents, a 73-year-old man, answered a knock on the door to find a man who said he was from the water board and needed to check the water supply.

He led the victim into the living room while he looked at the water pipe.

After a few minutes the victim saw four men coming down the stairs who then ran out of the front door followed by the man who had claimed to be from the water board. They ran in the direction of Mount Pleasant Road.

Cash was stolen from the address but it is unknown at this time whether anything else was taken.

The first suspect was described as a white man wearing a face covering and dark clothes. The other men were all wearing dark clothes, gloves and face coverings.

Detective Sergeant Gavin Whyte from Aldershot police station said:

" Did you see a group of men in the area before or after this incident? Did you have any cold callers to your address that you considered to be suspicious?

I would like to hear from anyone who has information that may assist with our investigation.

To prevent becoming a victim of distraction burglary you should never let anyone into your home if you are not expecting them and you don't know them, no matter what they say to you. "

*       Don't open the door to anyone before you've checked who it is.
*       If someone claims to be from a company such as a gas or electricity provider, always double check their identity.
*       If you are not expecting anyone, explain that you need to check they are legitimate and ask them to wait outside for a few minutes. Take their name and the company they work for and find the number in the phone book to check that they have an employee of that name.
*       Never use a number that they give you to check their identity as you do not know if this is a genuine number.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Det Sgt Whyte at Aldershot police station by phoning 101. Mini-Com users can call the police on 18001 101. Information can be given anonymously by calling the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.


Hazel Wills       44140123166           09/04/2014        487



Hazel Wills
Corporate Communications Officer - Hampshire Constabulary
Northern Area
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