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Residents are being reminded to be vigilant after a man claimed to be water board worker and stole from a woman in Dartford

residents are being reminded to be vigilant after a man claimed to be water board worker and stole from a woman in dartford
residents are being reminded to be vigilant after a man claimed to be water board worker and stole from a woman in dartford

The man pretended he was from a company and knocked on a property in Broad Lane at around 5.15pm on 23 October 2020. He told the woman he urgently needed to enter in order to turn off the water before the home became flooded with sewage.

Once inside the home a second man appeared and searched the victim’s handbag before he took a large quantity of cash.

The victim, who is in her 60s, realised that money had been taken and tried to stop the men, however they fled the property.

The two men have been described as white and around 5 feet 11 inches tall. They also had local accents and were both wearing face coverings.

One man is described as wearing a black jacket, black jeans and a black baseball cap.

The second man is said to have been wearing a dark blue jacket with a light-coloured top underneath. He was wearing a baseball cap which was either grey or white in colour. He was also carrying a black holdall with white writing on it.

Investigating officer, PC Rebecca Howlett, said: ‘The victim was deliberately targeted and distracted whilst another suspect has carried out the theft.

‘It is important for residents to remember that although this type of crime is very rare it can still occur and it is important to be familiar with the methods thieves can use.

‘We would urge people to challenge any unknown door knockers by requesting to see identification. If the person does not have identification then you can close the door, find the company’s number and call them directly to ensure the legitimacy of the person at the door. Anyone who has knocked and is genuine will not mind you checking.‘

‘I’d also remind residents to ensure properties are secure and windows shut.’

Anyone with information is asked to call Kent Police on 01474 366149 quoting 46/190173/20. Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers in Kent anonymously on 0800 555 1