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Ashford distraction burglary: Police issue e-fit of suspect

By Aidan Barlow

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.

Det Sgt 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.

Police have released a computer generated image of the suspect.

Police have released a computer generated image of the suspect.

“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 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.

 

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