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Police warn Bury St Edmunds residents after fake police officer burglary

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Residents are being warned to be vigilant after a pair of burglars were found inside a Bury St Edmunds property then claimed to be police officers.

The incident occurred at around 1.10pm yesterday afternoon at an address in Mill Road South.

Two men entered the property through the front door and were discovered in the living room by the victim.

Police are asking people to make sure their houses are secure following the incident. (45099483)
Police are asking people to make sure their houses are secure following the incident. (45099483)

When she challenged them, they claimed to be police officers investigating reports of suspicious persons in the garden.

When they were asked for identification they threatened her, with one of the offenders brandishing a screwdriver and telling her to be quiet, before both men left.

The police were called and officers searched the local area, assisted by the police dog unit.

It was only later that the victim found the men had been in the bedroom and stolen a quantity of jewellery and cash.

At total of four males were seen in the vicinity of this incident, with the two who were inside the property both described as being aged in their 20s or early 30s, of slight build and under 6ft tall. Further descriptions as follows:

  • Suspect one – wearing a dark woolly hat, pale blue shirt and jeans. He also had on gardening gloves with orange palms and a surgical facemask. He was carrying a long screwdriver with a red handle
  • Suspect two – wearing dark clothing, a woolly hat, dark gloves and a surgical face mask

Detectives believe that this crime is linked to another burglary which took place around 20 minutes earlier at a house in Mayfield Road.

The lock on the back gate was broken and entry was gained to the property via the back door whilst the victim was sleeping upstairs, but upon waking up heard noises in the spare room and so called out, at which point the suspects then left. It is not believed anything was stolen.

Two suspects were seen at this property, but there is only a description of one as follows: white, aged in his 20s, not very tall and wearing a black baseball cap.

Officers are appealing for any witnesses to these incidents and would like to hear from anyone who saw any suspicious persons or vehicles in the area.

Anyone with information is asked to contact West CID at Bury St Edmunds Police Station, quoting reference: 12033/21, email Peter.Gray@suffolk.pnn.police.uk or call 101.

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111, or go to www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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