Police issue e-fit of man after Lavenham distraction burglary
Police have released an e-fit likeness of a man they would like to speak to in connection with a distraction burglary in Lavenham.
A man rang the doorbell of an elderly couple's bungalow, in Sudbury Road, on Wednesday, January 16 at about 4.50pm and went into the property without being invited.
He claimed he was a police officer and demanded money from a woman before he went into the bedroom of a bed-bound elderly man.
The woman went to phone a relative and the suspect left.
Nothing was stolen, no force was used and no-one was hurt
Officers have released an e-fit likeness of a man they would like to speak to who was seen in the Lavenham area as he may have information regarding the incident.
He is described as having a tanned complexion, short dark hair, aged between 30 and 40, over 6ft in height and of a large build.
Police have warned residents to be vigilant after three other incidents in Suffolk.
The second incident occurred between 4.50pm and 5.05pm yesterday (January 17), at a property, in The Green, in Wickham Skeith.
A man knocked on the kitchen window of the property and when he was confronted by a male resident, he asked where an amount of money was being kept.
The victim replied to say that they didn’t know anything about any money and he was then followed back into his home by the offender.
The victim, aged in his 80s, verbally challenged his intrusion but the offender continued to verbally challenge him and the victim then offered an amount of money from a wallet.
The offender did not accept the money and left the property.
If someone calls claiming to be a police officer, ask for their identification number and police force - Suffolk Police
A third incident yesterday was in Wickham Skeith shortly after 5.10pm at a property in Grange Road.
An offender, who claimed to be a police officer, knocked at the door of a woman's home and claimed to belong to the fraud squad.
He then questioned the victim regarding a payment for a drive and when she was distracted, he stole an amount of cash from her purse.
The victim, aged in her 70s, said she would call a family member and the male left.
He is described as white, 6ft, with a large build.
He was wearing a black top and had no facial hair.
A fourth incident was also reported yesterday in Palgrave shortly after 5.40pm at a property in Goulds Close.
An unknown male offender approached the property and looked through a window and they tried to speak to the victim. The suspect then went around the back and pushed the victim, taking an amount of cash from him.
The victim, aged in his 80s, was unhurt but was left shaken by the incident.
A police spokesman said: "If someone calls claiming to be a police officer, ask for their identification number and police force.
"Hang up and call 101 using a different phone.
"A genuine police officer will not mind waiting while you check."
Officers are currently keeping an open mind regarding whether the incidents are linked and enquiries are ongoing.
Anyone who witnessed any of these incidents or has information regarding a similar incident recently should contact Suffolk police on 101, quoting the relevant crime reference number: (Lavenham) 37/3158/19, (The Green, Wickham Skeith) 37/3391/19, (Grange Road, Wickham Skeith) 37/3388/19, or (Goulds Close, Palgrave) 37/3398/19..
Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their anonymous online form at crimestoppers-uk.org
Further tips and guidance on how to deal with cold callers or rogue traders can be found at https://www.suffolk.police.uk/sites/suffolk/files/coldcallers.pdf