Burglar pretends to be council worker to steal cash

Burglar pretends to be council worker to steal cash

by Tom Martin (August 2020)

SEFTON residents have been warned about a bogus workmen who pretended to be from the council to gain access into a local home to steal money.

Police were told a woman who lives on Brecon Avenue, in Netherton, opened the door to a man who claimed he was from the council and he wanted to check her back garden fence.

While showing him through the home and speaking to him in the garden for around five minutes, it is believed a second man entered the house from the front door.

The victim realised afterwards that money had been taken from her home and called the police.

A spokesperson for Merseyside POlice said: “On this occasion, it is believed that the victim has been unaware of the second man who attended her home whilst she has been distracted.

“Burglary is an invasion of someone’s privacy and often leaves victims hugely concerned for their own safety. If you know who either of these men are, witnessed the incident or have been approached in a similar way, please call us and help us bring these offenders to justice.”

The incident is reported to have happened at around 2pm on Saturday, August 1.

The man who knocked on the door had an Irish accent, was around 5ft 5 and wearing a grey/dark top.

The second man, who was witnessed by a neighbour, is described as white, around 5ft11, average build, with short dark hair, clean shaven and being smartly dressed in a white shirt and tie carrying a folder with paperwork and wearing a lanyard.

If you have information, contact Merseyside Police and use the reference number: 20000457509

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