Tricksters claiming to be water board workers burgle two Northamptonshire homes

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Burglars pretending to be from the water board conned their way into two houses in the same Northamptonshire street, in the latest of a spree of similar burglary offences.

Northamptonshire Police is appealing for witnesses following two distraction burglaries in Dalston Walk, Boothville, Northampton.

The incidents happened on Tuesday, March 22, between 9.30pm and 10.15pm.

A man called at the first property claiming to be from the water board. The householder let him in and then another man followed. After they had gone, the victim discovered cash was missing.

The men then called at another house in the same street. Again, after they had gone, the elderly victim found that money was missing.

One of the men is described as white, tall, with a slim build and about 45 years old. He was wearing a grey zipped jacket, dark trousers, a navy baseball cap and gloves. He was also wearing glasses.

Officers are appealing for information and are urging people never to open the door to anyone they are not expecting, whoever they say they are.

Anyone who has suspicions or concerns that distraction burglars are operating in their neighbourhood or targeting someone they know, should call 101 or the dedicated doorstep crime number on 0345 23 07 702.

Witnesses to these incidents, or anyone with information, are asked to call Northamptonshire Police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.