Police search for fake gas man who bluffed his way into a Stevenage home ‘to check the boiler’
PUBLISHED: 15:55 26 January 2016 | UPDATED: 15:55 26 January 2016
Police have sent out a warning after a fake gas man bluffed his way into a Stevenage home.
The man was able to get in to a house on Pankhurst Crescent by saying he needed to carry out a gas spot check. He walked around the property, looked at the boiler and gas meter and tampered with the heating timer.
He then left the house before getting into a small white van parked outside.
The suspected crooked caller didn’t take anything but police believe he was trying to carry out a distraction burglary and have issued an e-fit image of the man.
PC Shelley Anglin of Herts police said today: “It has since been verified that this man had not been sent to conduct a check at the property. Thankfully, the victim remained with the man throughout and nothing was taken.
“I am appealing for anyone who thinks they may recognise the person, or who has any other information about the incident, to contact me.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to remind people to be vigilant around unexpected callers. If you are not expecting anyone and you don’t recognise them, don’t let them into your home. Bogus callers can be very convincing but a genuine caller won’t mind coming back at a time when you can arrange to have somebody you trust with you.”
The incident happened at around 10,30am on Friday, December 11, but police have only issued the warning this week.
Anyone with information should contact PC Anglin on 101, quoting crime reference E1/15/8196, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.