1.06 PM Thursday 24 July 2014

Attempted distraction burglary in Poole - E-fit appeal

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 released.

E-fit image of a man police wish to speak with following an attempted distraction burglary in PooleThe 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 2013.

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 invitation.

“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 apply.

Issued: 21 February 2013

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