Watering can conman targets Bury St Edmunds home

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A CONMAN has stolen a handbag and cash after calling at a Bury St Edmunds house and asking if he could fill a watering can for his car.

The incident happened last night between 7pm and 7.30pm in Eastgate Street.

The thief is described as a white male, aged 20-30, of thin build, around 5ft 9ins tall, with fair hair.

He was wearing a medium length, beige-coloured raincoat and may have been travelling on a pushbike.

It is also thought that he may have called at neighbouring properties, where he was refused access.

Anyone who may have any information in relation to this incident is asked to contact Bury St Edmunds CID on 01284 774100.

Police are reminding people to Keep front and back doors locked, even when at home, and before you answer your front door check that you have locked any back door and taken the key out.

Look through the spy-hole or the window to see who it is, put the door chain or bar on before opening the door and check their details and identity before you let them into your home.

If it is someone looking for help only go out to help if you have someone else with you. If it is someone claiming to be an official, ask for and carefully check their identity card, make sure the callers name and picture are the same as on the identity card, even if the visit is pre-arranged. Finally police say you should check the caller’s identity with the company concerned if you are at all suspicious.