Police trying to trace distinctive car used for crimes

DETECTIVES investigating a distraction burglary and three attempted distraction burglaries are appealing for information about a distinctive car which has been seen at the incidents.The first was believed to be an attempted distraction burglary at around

DETECTIVES investigating a distraction burglary and three attempted distraction burglaries are appealing for information about a distinctive car which has been seen at the incidents.

The first was believed to be an attempted distraction burglary at around 10am on Monday, April 6 in Hinxworth.

An electric blue coloured Audi A3 stopped, a man got out of the car and attempted to gain entry to a house by using a distraction technique but left when challenged by the resident.

The registration plate AP08 SYG was noted by the resident.

The second incident was also believed to be an attempted distraction burglary at around 11.30am on the same day in St Ippolyts. This time the car pulled up outside the property, but as the man was opening a side gate to the house, he was approached by a neighbour who challenged him and he made off.

The third incident was also an attempted distraction burglary at a house near Tring on the same day at around 1.30pm.

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The fourth incident happened between 9am and 10am on Tuesday, April 7 in Baldock. A man, pretending to be from the water board, tricked his way into the house of an elderly couple. The offender carried out a search of the property after distracting them. He took a wallet containing cash before fleeing.

The Audi A3 has also been reported as being driven erratically in North Herts and police are asking anyone who may have seen it around the times of the incidents or other times to contact them immediately.

Detective Sergeant Bart Haley, investigating, said this morning (Tuesday): "We believe these incidents are all linked by this distinctive electric blue coloured Audi. We have also received reports from members of the public about a similar car driving dangerously in North Herts and we are very keen to trace the car, and those responsible for these incidents to prevent any more victims.

"Did you see this car in these areas recently? If so please contact me via the non-emergency number 0845 3300222 as soon as possible.

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