Distraction burglaries in Hitchin prompt warning from police

A SPATE of distraction burglaries last night (Wednesday) has prompted a warning from police. One happened near The Willows in Hitchin at around 9pm when two men entered the house, claiming to be police officers investigating a burglary. After searching th

A SPATE of distraction burglaries last night (Wednesday) has prompted a warning from police.

One happened near The Willows in Hitchin at around 9pm when two men entered the house, claiming to be police officers investigating a burglary.

After searching the house they left without taking anything.

The first man is described as white, in his mid 30s, with short fair hair and wearing a blue zipped anorak. The second one was white, aged 40, with short fair wavy hair, heavy build and wearing a blue zipped jacket.

Two men claiming to be police officers investigating a burglary targeted a property near to Whitehill Road in Hitchin at around 9.10pm.

While distracting the victim, who is in his late 70s, two others are believed to have entered the property and carried out a search. The man went to alert a neighbour and it is believed the offenders then ran out of the property empty handed.

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Three other incidents happened elsewhere in the county. Detectives think all five may be linked.

Det Insp Dave Wheatley, from Operation Manhunt which is dedicated to catching distraction burglars, said: "In the majority of these incidents the offenders were challenged by the householders.

"We are providing full support to the victims of these despicable crimes. If anyone who believes they witnessed any of these incidents or any suspicious behaviour in the areas at the times given are asked to call police immediately via the non-emergency number 0845 3300222.

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