Detectives are appealing for information and footage from members of the public after two men purporting to be police officers stole money from two women in Crewe.
At around 11.15am yesterday, Monday 15 April, the offenders knocked on the front door of a house on Shakespeare Drive.
They claimed to be police officers investigating forgery incidents at a supermarket and demanded to be let inside.
As the men were not wearing police uniforms and did not adhere to their request to show ID, the occupiers would not let them in the house.
At that point the offenders barged the front door open and once they were inside the property they demanded to be shown the occupiers’ bank notes so that they could check if they were forgeries or not.
Upon being handed a quantity of cash, the offenders claimed that they needed to go to their van outside to check the validity of the bank notes.
They then fled the scene with the cash.
One of the victims followed the offenders outside but lost sight of them.
There were no vans outside.
Both of the offenders were white with tanned complexions and stocky builds. They looked to be aged in their 50s and spoke with Cheshire accents and were wearing long-sleeved black jackets and dark bottoms.
One of them was around 5’ 10” tall. He had a round face and fair hair which was long on top.
The other offender was taller and looked slightly older. He also had a longer face and his hair was a darker shade of brown – it was short on the sides with a long fringe.
Unlike his accomplice, the second man also had facial hair.
Enquiries in relation to the incident are ongoing and detectives are urging anyone who thinks they may have seen the men or a vehicle unusual to the area to come forward.
They also want to speak to anyone who believes they may know who the offenders are or have CCTV or dashcam footage of them.
Detective Constable Nick Jackson, of Crewe CID, said: “This incident has understandably left the victims extremely shaken up.
“They were targeted in their own home by offenders purporting to be police officers.
“Your home is the place you should be able to feel most safe and we are determined to establish who was responsible and bring them to justice.
“Enquiries are ongoing and as part of our investigation we are appealing for anyone who was in the area believes they may have seen the offenders, or have CCTV or dashcam footage of them, to get in touch.
“The same goes for anyone who recognises the descriptions of the men and thinks they may know their identities.
“If you have any information that may be relevant for our enquiries, no matter how small or insignificant you believe it to be, please contact the team at Crewe CID on 101.”
Anyone with information or CCTV footage that could aid detectives with their investigation should call 101, quoting IML 374717, give the details via https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Dashcam footage can be submitted online at www.cheshire.police.uk/advice-and-support/roads-and-vehicle-safety/submit-dashcam-footage.
DC Jackson added: “Although this is believed to be an isolated incident, I urge residents to be vigilant and to follow Cheshire Constabulary’s advice on preventing yourself from falling victim to this type of crime.”
The force’s top tips to combat this type of crime are:
- Do not let anyone into your home who calls unexpectedly
- If you do answer the door, make sure you have it on the chain and ask for identification – police officers will always have ID and you can verify that they are who they claim to be by calling 101 or 999
- If you have any doubts about a caller being genuine, do not let them in and ask them to come back later when you are not alone
- It is also wise to telephone a neighbour or friend nearby to ask them to come to your property to check out any caller before you open the door to them.