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Efit of man wanted for distraction burglaries

March 7, 2013, 11:51 am

Police have released an efit of a man wanted in connection with two distraction burglaries in Bolton.

The first happened on Thistleton Road in Deane on Wednesday 13 February 2013 at around 3.30pm.

A man claiming to be from the council knocked on the door. He said he was there to turn off the water so the elderly resident allowed him into the house.

Whilst they were in the kitchen, a second offender came in and searched an upstairs bedroom but nothing was taken. Both offenders then left the house and walked in the direction of Addington Road.

The second incident happened on Anglia Grove in Deane on Saturday 2 March 2013 at around 5.30pm.

Two men who claimed to be from the water board came to the house saying there had been an explosion nearby which had affected the water supply.

Once in the house, one of the offenders went into the living room and located a large sum of cash. Both offenders then left the house with the cash.

Police are appealing for information and witnesses.

PC Joanne Atkins from Bolton police station said: “This is a heartless crime where victims, who are often vulnerable members of our community, are targeted by callous thieves.

“We are urging people to look at the e-fit we have provided and if it reminds them of anyone to get in touch with police so that we can identify those responsible.

“It is important to be cautious when opening the door to anyone who you dont know, put the chain on the door and ask them who they are and what they want.

“The water board has not existed for a number of years, so if they say they are from the water board then you will know they are bogus.

“People without an appointment or identification should be treated as suspicious. Dont let them in your home, tell them to go away and dont be afraid to call the police if you have any concerns.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 5619 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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