Police warning over doorstep conmen

October 02 2018
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POLICE are warning people to be on the alert for doorstep conmen after a Staple Hill resident was targeted in a distraction burglary.

Officers released an e-fit picture, below right, of a man who called at a house claiming to be from the “gas board”.

After talking his way in, he kept the householder in the living room of the house for about 20 minutes, continually asking if there was anyone else at home.

Avon and Somerset police said that about an hour later, the householder realised someone else had come into the house and searched it, making off with an unspecified amount of cash.

The technique used by the criminals is known as a distraction burglary, where one person keeps the victim occupied while another steals valuables.

Police have called on anyone who thinks they recognise the man in the e-fit picture to call them on 101, quoting crime reference number 5218 176 929.

Infornation can also be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

The suspect is described as being white and about 5ft 8in tall, with blue eyes and short black hair.

He was aged in his late 20s or early 30s and wore a black glove on his right hand.

The incident happened at about 3pm on August 7.

Police say they are also aware of social media post about another doorstep con involving people charging an elderly woman in Mangotsfield £400 to carry out some gardening work, then fleeing with her money.

However they that the incident has not been reported to them and South Gloucestershire Council has no record of a trading standards complaint over the alleged incident on September 5.

They are urging the victim of the Mangotsfield incident  to call them on 101 or call Citizens’ Advice on 03453 04 05 06 to make a trading standards complaint.