Distraction burglars pulled out phone line during raid on Clavering home

24 November, 2017 - 16:07
Efit issued after a distraction burglary in Clavering. Picture: ESSEX POLICE

Efit issued after a distraction burglary in Clavering. Picture: ESSEX POLICE


An efit has been issued following a distraction burglary at a home in Clavering – during which the suspects pulled out the victims’ phone line.

A man knocked on the door of the victims’ house in Pelham Road at around 1.45pm on Monday, November 17.

He claimed the water in their house needed to be turned off, due to an accident he had had outside the address on the main road.

The suspect entered the house, went into a downstairs bathroom, and turned the taps on.

He was then found in a downstairs bedroom, searching through a cabinet.

The homeowner told the burglar to leave, which he did not – but instead stole a three-figure sum of cash.

The victim grabbed the suspect and tried to stop him, but was unsuccessful.

Pc Vicki Fairchild, who is leading the investigation, said: “Please get in contact with us if you recognise this man, as we really want to speak to him as part of our enquiries.

“The victims reported that a second man was in their house in addition to the first unknown suspect, and any piece of information members of the public may have, could help us.

“This was a very distressing incident, and as they left, the unknown suspects pulled the landline phone line out of the wall so that the victims could not call police for help.

“We believe this to be a targeted distraction burglary, and are conducting extensive enquiries to trace those responsible.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact Pc Vicki Fairchild at Braintree CID on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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