Police warning after burglars 'pretending to be from water board' target Olton home - The Solihull Observer

Police warning after burglars 'pretending to be from water board' target Olton home

Solihull Editorial 6th Jun, 2023   0

SILHILLIANS are being asked to look out for neighbours and loved ones after four distraction burglaries have taken place over the past few weeks.

West Mildands Police say the most recent incident happened in Olton on May 31 at around 8.30pm when two men pretending to be from the water board, have forced their way into the home of a man in his 60s.

The force added: “When the man’s carer asked them for more details on who they were, they assaulted her.

“Following a search of the address, the two men left with jewellery and cash.”

The men were described as white, wearing black surgical masks and having an Irish accent.

Detective Sergeant Adam Buzzard from Solihull CID, said: “We are determined to find the people behind these burglaries that have understandably left these vulnerable people shaken.

“We’ve carried out forensic examinations, taken statements and are examining CCTV.

“Patrols have also been stepped up in the areas these incidents have taken place.

“We would urge members of our communities to look out for our elderly, vulnerable neighbours, friends and family members.

“Please take time to talk to older neighbours and relatives about their security and things they need to do to stay safe. Pop round to check they’re okay, keep an eye out for any suspicious activity near their homes, and call us if something doesn’t feel right.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or call the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 and quote crime reference number 20/481630/23.

If anyone sees anything suspicious call 999 so West Midlands Police can get officers to the scene.

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