Distraction burglars steal jewellery box after posing as water company

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Police are warning people to be on their guard after a distraction burglary at Stanley Street, Bedford.

Officers are huntng for two men in connection with the incident which happened between 3.30pm and 4pm on Thursday, December 4.

A man claiming to be from a water company called at the victim’s door claiming he was dealing with a leak next door. He then asked the victim to run the hot tap in the kitchen and keep checking the water was hot.

The offender has returned to the front door and let a second man into the house. The first offender then went upstairs and searched the rooms for valuables taking a jewellery box and a small wheeled luggage bag before leaving the house.

The second man left the house after him. Both left in the direction of Clarendon Street.

Detective Constable Maureen Ude said: “If anyone comes calling to your home always check that they have proper identification. If they say they are from a genuine water company they will show you identification.

“Get a number to call to check they are authentic and close the door to them while you make the call. If they are authentic they won’t mind.

“If someone says they are working for a neighbour, check with that neighbour before letting them into your home. If in doubt call the police.”

Anyone with information relating to this incident can contact DC Maureen Ude, in confidence, at Bedfordshire Police on 101, or text information to 07786 200011.

Alternatively you can contact the independent crime fighting charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.