Police warn Brentwood residents after latest distraction burglary

14:57 11 June 2014

Residents should be wary of who they let into their homes, police warn

Residents should be wary of who they let into their homes, police warn


Police in Brentwood are warning residents to be wary of people knocking on their doors and offering building or garden work following a spate of distraction burglaries.

The warning follows the latest incident where a retired woman had a four-figure sum stolen from her property.

Two men knocked on the door of a house in Cedar Road, Hutton, at around 1pm last Friday and said they were there to fix the roof.

The victim paid them £300 for the work to be completed but she was deliberately distracted and they stole a sum of cash from her handbag and left the premises.

Det Con Patrick Snape of Brentwood CID is urging for anyone to come forward who may have seen a white van and the two men both described as white by the victim.

She did not get a good look at one man but the other she described as having blonde hair and was of average height.

Det Con Snape said: “There have been three other distraction burglary offences in different parts of Brentwood in the last month and I urge the public to be cautious about who they let inside their home.”

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