Fake Policeman Steal Hundreds Of Pounds
10:58am 19th February 2010
Thieves posing as police officers have stolen hundreds of pounds from an elderley couple in Bicester.
On Tuesday they forced their way into a house on Ray Road claiming to be executing a warrant.
One of the men kept the 88 year old man and his 85 year old wife in their living room, the other searched the house shortly after 5pm. After the men left the couple realised that several hundred pounds was missing.
Thames Valley Police say there was two incidents in the Cherwell district that day.
A spokesman said "shortly before 8pm, a man posing as a police officer called at the home of an 83-year-old man at an address in The Fairway, Banbury. The caller told the elderly man he was a police officer, but the elderly man told him that he did not look like a police officer, and closed the door on him."
Det Sgt Gavin Collier said: “We believe that there were three men at the first distraction burglary, but only one man was seen at the second incident.
“There have been reports that a dark blue or black Ford Focus, possibly four-years-old, of a sporty model, has been seen in the vicinity of both these incidents.
“We would be keen to hear from anyone who may have seen this car in the area, with men in it that appeared to be wearing white shirts with stab vests.
“Once again, we urge people to be vigilant to this type of criminal and never let anyone in your home without first verifying who they are. A legitimate police officer will never mind waiting while you check.”
* Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact Det Sgt Collier via the 24-hour Thames Valley Police Enquiry Line on 0845 8 505 505. Alternatively, if you wish to remain anonymous you can contact the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.
The following list is a guide to identifying legitimate police officers:
- Look at the type of clothing that the person is wearing. Uniformed officers will have black, combat style trousers and stab vests with a Thames Valley Police crest on their breast, along with their names.
- Every uniformed officer will have epaulettes on their shoulders, showing their ranks and a unique shoulder number. This can then be used to check they are who they say they are.
- All Thames Valley Police officers carry police badges and warrant cards with photographic identification.
* If anyone is in any doubt about a caller who claims to be a police officer, they can call the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505 to check their credentials with one of our operators.
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