Bogus plumber rips off pensioners

DETECTIVES in Essex are hunting a distraction burglar who tricked his way into an elderly couple's home in Braintree.

DETECTIVES in Essex are hunting a distraction burglar who tricked his way into an elderly couple's home in Braintree.

The man called at the house in the Bailey Bridge Road area at around 11am yesterday, saying he was a plumber investigating a leak.

While the couple were distracted another person entered the house and stole a three figure sum of cash from a bedroom.

The suspect the couple saw is described as tanned, 6ft tall, in his late 20s, with dark hair parted at the side. He was also wearing a boiler suit.


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Dc Liam Fuller of Braintree CID said: “Sadly in this case a vulnerable elderly couple have been targeted and I'm urging anyone with information which leads me to identify those responsible to contact me.

“I would also advise that where fitted, always use a door chain when answering the door and if you don't recognise the caller ask for identification. Any legitimate caller won't mind waiting while you check and ultimately if in doubt, keep them out.”

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Anyone with information should contact Dc Fuller on 0300 333 4444, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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