Thieves are posing as policeman to get inside Dartford homes and steal residents’ money
PUBLISHED: 13:26 17 July 2017 | UPDATED: 13:26 17 July 2017
They are reportedly targeting elderly residents
Fake police officers lied to an elderly Dartford woman to con her out of cash earlier this month.
On July 13, two men knocked on their victim’s door in Hall Road, telling her they were the police and they had arrested her husband on suspicion of handling counterfeit money.
According to the victim, who is in her 70s, the duo claimed her husband was in the back of a police car parked around the corner.
The victim let both men inside her house, where they pressured her to hand over a large sum of cash.
Once she gave it to them, they were quick to leave, claiming her husband might be hot inside their police car.
Both suspects are white, were wearing black trousers and white shirts and are thought to be in their late 40s to early 50s.
One reportedly had dark hair with dark rimmed glasses and rubber gloves, while the other had a large build and balding hair.
The other suspect was described as having a large build and balding hair and both men are described as wearing black trousers and white shirts.
Following the incident, police are reminding residents to remain vigilant.
Insp David Crompton said: “While most people who call at our homes are genuine, unfortunately there are some who lie about their identity in order to trick their way inside in order to steal valuables and money.
“Please be wary about allowing strangers into your property when there is any doubt as to who they are. Remember that if Kent Police officers do visit, they will often be in uniform, will always carry identification and will be more than happy for people to call 101 to check they are who they claim to be.
“Remember also that people from water, gas and electricity companies also rarely visit without appointments. Do not let anyone in who does not have an appointment or genuine, verified ID.”
Anyone with information can call Kent Police on 01634 792209 quoting reference 13-0401. Alternatively contact Kent Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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