Residents warned over burglars posing as police officers in Gravesend
PUBLISHED: 15:30 28 November 2016 | UPDATED: 15:30 28 November 2016
The warning follows two incidents that took place over the weekend
Criminals posing as police officers have been committing burglaries in Gravesend.
Kent Police has warned people to be on their guard after elderly residents were targeted in two incidents that took place over the weekend.
On Saturday, November 26, Kent Police received a report that two men had entered a house in Lawrence Drive between 10.20pm and 10.33pm.
The victim, a 74-year-old woman, heard her front door open and saw two men, who claimed to be plain clothes police officers, come through her door after apparently gaining entry by smashing a key safe off the outside wall.
Once inside, they said there had been a burglary at the rear of the house. The victim ushered the men away and they left the property without taking any items.
Both suspects are described as white males, one of whom is 40 to 50 years old with dark hair and who was wearing a dark waterproof type jacket.
The second suspect is younger and shorter than the other offender, and was also wearing a waterproof-type jacket.
On the same day, two men claiming to be police officers knocked on a door in Tennyson Walk between 11pm and 11.25pm.
The men told the victim, a woman in her eighties, that there had been a burglary, before asking if she had any valuables inside the home.
The victim allowed them inside and the suspects proceeded to search each room and look in drawers and cupboards.
The men then left via the back door stating they would be back, but did not return. They are alleged to have stolen a purse and a back door key.
Both suspects are described as white men, with one aged in his thirties and the other suspect younger than the first.
The men showed the victims what appeared to be a warrant card in both instances.
Anyone with information can call Kent Police on 01474 366149, quoting reference number 26-1308.
Alternatively, call Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.