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Appeal for witnesses following distraction burglary in Bletchley

Alert message sent 07/05/2021 16:12:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police


At around 6.20pm yesterday (Thursday 6 May) a man knocked on the door of a house in Kennet Drive and told the elderly occupant that work would need to be done on their guttering.

Whilst arranging a fee for the work, a second man has got out of a van parked nearby. Whilst the first offender distracted the occupants, this second man has entered the house and stolen two purses.

After both men have left, the occupants realised that they had been burgled.

The first offender is described as a white man, approximately 5ft 9ins tall and aged between 45 and 50 years-old. He had short fair hair, was clean shaven and spoke with a Midlands accent. He was wearing a navy blue jacket with small white writing on the chest.
           
The second offender is described as a broad white man, approximately 6ft 4ins tall and aged between 35 and 40-years-old. He had scruffy black hair and was wearing a thick beige jumper.

The van is described as a small/medium-sized white van with two ladders on the roof.

Detective Inspector James Horseman of Milton Keynes CID is appealing for witnesses or CCTV/doorbell camera footage from the local area. He is also keen to speak to anyone who may have spoken to anyone cold calling and offering property services in the area over the last few days.

If you have any information that could help with this investigation, please get in touch using our online form or by calling 101 with reference number 43210194179.

If someone calls at your door out of the blue, you are right to be suspicious. If they work for a company, ask to see a form of identification or take a card and call back later if you are interested in going ahead with any form of work. This gives you time to make a decision, speak to a friend or neighbour to get their thoughts and means that you can check they have given you legitimate details.
Do not feel pressured to accept work or services from someone who calls out of the blue. Legitimate companies will understand and allow you time to make a decision. If you have any suspicions, then you can call us on 101 or in an emergency, 999.
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Mel Reedman (Police, Communications Officer, Thames Valley)

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