Officers in Poole are appealing for witnesses and anyone
with information to come forward following an attempted distraction
burglary in the Hamworthy area of the town – with
an e-fit of one of the offenders being
The incident, in which two men tried to
gain entry to a property pretending to be police officers, happened
along Lake Drive between 7.30pm and 8pm on Monday 28 January
One of the men held up a mobile phone as if to
show his warrant card. He then said that they had reason to believe
that the victim was cultivating cannabis and needed to enter in
order to conduct a search.
Police Constable Phil Cowlishaw, of Hamworthy
Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “Fortunately, the occupant, a man
in his fifties, did not fall for this deception but the offender
still managed to gain entry to the property briefly without
“When he was told to get out, both offenders
left the scene.
“I am now in the position to release an e-fit
of one of the offenders.
“I would urge the man pictured – and anyone
who recognises him – to contact Dorset Police.”
Genuine police officers are always happy to
clearly show their warrant card which contains a photograph of them
and the signature of the Chief Constable.
Anyone who is still concerned should call 101
to check the officer’s identity.
Witnesses and anyone with
information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting
incident number 28:470. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous
Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may
Issued: 21 February