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E-fits released after distraction burglary in Herne Bay

Kent Police has issued e-fits of two people they would like to speak to in connection with a distraction burglary in Herne Bay. Detectives are investigating after a small amount of cash was stolen from the home of a 90-year-old man at about 3pm onSunday 4 December 2011.

Detective Constable Leigh Woolnough said:

‘At about 3pm the previous afternoon, Saturday 3 December, a young woman knocked on the door of the pensioner’s home, which is in the West Bay area of Herne Bay, and asked if he wanted to buy some raffle tickets for a children’s charity. It was cold outside so the man invited her in to stand in the hallway while he found some change and bought £3 worth of raffle tickets.

‘The following day the young woman turned up again, this time with a young man with her. While she was talking to him about the lottery her companion asked for a glass of water. As the victim went to the kitchen to get him a drink they stole about £20 in cash.’

Description of the pair

The woman is described as aged between 17 and 18, about 5ft tall and of a heavy build. On the first visit she wore a dull brown/red jumper with a zip, and on the second visit a grey jumper with the word ‘Love’ written on the left side. She spoke with a lisp.

The man is also described as aged between 17 and 18 and was of a slim build and about 5ft 5in tall. He had dark brown hair, was clean-shaven and wore dark casual clothing.

Do you recognise these people?

Detective Constable Woolnough is appealing for anyone who recognises the e-fits or who thinks they may have been approached by the pair to contact police on 101 or Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Advice to others

She urged the elderly to be vigilant and said:

‘Distraction thieves often prey on a person’s good nature but there are ways you can protect yourself.’

This includes:

  • Ensure rear doors and windows are shut and locked when answering your front door
  • Consider fitting extra security measures such as spy holes, door chains, door locks and intruder alarms
  • Always check the ID of cold callers – a door chain or spy hole will help you do this without letting anyone into your home. Don’t be afraid to turn people away.

Read more advice on deterring bogus callers and protecting your home.

Kent Police 3rd Jan 2012

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