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Bogus Dartford officers leads to Kent Police warning

PUBLISHED: 09:46 21 February 2013

Kent Police is warning Dartford residents to check the identification of all cold-callers following a reported burglary by bogus police officers.

Officers were called after 7pm on Sunday to reports of a burglary in Loam Court.

A 93-year-old woman said that two men, dressed and acting as police officers, called at her home claiming that she had been burgled. No identification was shown.

It is believed one of them went into the bedroom to distract the woman while the other went around the house taking debit and credit cards and more than £1,000 in cash.

She became suspicious when they asked her where she kept her jewellery and when she challenged them they ran off.

Det Con Richard Olley said: “Clearly this is a concerning incident and if anyone has any concerns in relation to the identity of callers to their home, they must ask for identification, even if they are claiming to be from Kent Police.

“No officer will mind you doing this. If you have further concerns about the validity of the identification, call the company or organisation the persons says they are from.”

Anyone with information should call Kent Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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