Bogus drains inspector steals cash from woman in Clacton distraction burglary

Warning after distraction burglary. Library image.

Warning after distraction burglary. Library image. - Credit: Archant

An elderly woman had money stolen from her home after a man knocked on the door saying he needed to check the taps.

The incident happened at a house in Credon Drive, Clacton, on Sunday September 13.

A man knocked on the door at around 3.30pm claiming there was a problem with the occupant’s drains.

After looking at the drains outside the suspect then went inside the house, claiming he needed to check the taps.

After he had left the victim realised cash had been stolen, understood to be a two-figure sum.


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The suspect was a white man, aged in his 40s, around 5ft 6ins tall with a medium build.

He wore a beige mac or parka style jacket and possibly glasses.

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Residents are reminded not to let anyone inside their property unless they are certain of their identity. They are advised to always ask for ID and to call police on 101 if they see anything suspicious.

Anyone with information about this burglary or who saw a man in the area at the time acting suspiciously is asked to contact Pc Emily Chapman at Clacton police station on 101.

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