Distraction burglary in Hinckley - Police Appeal for Information

Alert message sent 29/06/2012 10:28:00
Information sent on behalf of Leicestershire Neighbourhood Watch

Officers are appealing for information following a distraction burglary in Hinckley.

The incident happened at around 10am on Thursday June 7, 2012 when the occupants of a house on Middlefield Lane answered their door to two men claiming to be from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

The men claimed to be carrying out an investigation and demanded they handed over any money they had in the house. They made off with a quantity of cash and cigarettes.

The first man is described as white, in his early forties, between 5’10” to 6ft tall, of medium build with short dark hair. The second man is described as younger and shorter than the first man and was fair skinned and a larger build. Both men were described as wearing some type of uniform.

Detective Constable Jenny Tattersall, who is investigating the Hinckley burglary, said: "The victims were extremely shocked by the visit and did not think to check whether the men were genuinely from this organisation.

“We would always urge you to check the identification of anyone who wants to enter your home. Any legitimate caller will not mind waiting outside whilst it is verified where they are from.

"I would urge anyone who has any information regarding this crime or saw any suspicious activity in the area at around this time to get in touch. There could also be possibility that there may be that there are more victims who have not reported the incidents to us so we would urge them to get in touch with us.”

Neil Freebury, Criminal Investigations, HMRC said: “Impersonating a Customs & Revenue officer is a criminal offence and we will take action against any individual found committing this crime. HMRC officers always present ID during visits and searches of any shop, business or private address. We also issue official receipts for any seized goods, cash or vehicles with a named HMRC contact and telephone number clearly shown on official paperwork.”

Anyone with any information about the Hinckley incident or the offenders is asked to contact DC 4090 Jenny Tattersall on 101* follow the instructions to leave a message for a police officer and when prompted key in the officer's identification number 4090. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, which is free** and anonymous, on 0800 555 111.

* Calls to 101 cost 15p for the entire call from both mobile phones and land lines.

Issued on 28/06/12 at 09:49
Crime reference number: LH/03086/12-6

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Marion Lewis (NHWN, Force Lead NHW Volunteer, Leicestershire)

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