Con man robbed el­derly woman

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Update -

De­tec­tives in­ves­ti­gat­ing a dis­trac­tion bur­glary have is­sued an e-fit of the sus­pect.

The bur­glary was re­ported by an el­derly woman at her home in Brook­field Road in Ash­ford, where the sus­pect claimed to be in the house to check the wa­ter sup­ply and ra­di­a­tors.

He had called at her home and it was only after he had gone that the vic­tim re­alised that money had been taken.

DS Carl Evans said: “The man claimed there was a prob­lem with the wa­ter sup­ply and asked the el­derly oc­cu­pant to go up­stairs to check a ra­di­a­tor. After he’d gone she re­alised money had been stolen from her purse.

“Al­though un­harmed, the vic­tim was un­der­stand­ably shaken by this in­ci­dent but there are ways peo­ple can pro­tect them­selves.”

He rec­om­mended that doors and win­dows are shut and locked when an­swer­ing the front door, while spy holes, door chains and in­truder alarms could also help.

Cold call­ers who pur­port to be mak­ing an of­fi­cial visit should al­ways be asked for iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, and Det Sgt Evans said peo­ple should not be afraid to turn peo­ple away.

He is now keen to speak to any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the bur­glary which took place on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 2 and hopes the com­puter gen­er­ated image will help.

Wit­nesses are asked to call the ap­peal line on 01843 222289 and quote ref­er­ence ZY/047324/17

Pic­ture: Kent Po­lice

Po­lice have is­sued an e-fit of a dis­trac­tion bur­glary sus­pect in Ash­ford

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