Woman makes off with wallet after posing as council staff to trick her way into Northampton property

Did you see anyone knocking on doors in St James' area late at night?

By Kevin Nicholls
Tuesday, 2nd June 2020, 12:31 pm
Updated Tuesday, 2nd June 2020, 12:36 pm

A trickster made off with a wallet after conning her way into a property in Northampton by claiming to be from council staff.

Detectives are keen to find out if anyone saw the woman knocking on doors late at night in Parkwod Street, in the St James' area.

A Northamptonshire Police spokesman said: "A woman purporting to be from the local council knocked on the door of an address in the area at about 10.30pm on Sunday, May 24.

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The thief made off with a wallet from the property in Parkwod Street

"She tricked her way inside, claiming to be from the local council, and then stole a wallet.

"If there was anyone in the area who may have seen anything suspicious, or may have information that could be of use in our investigations, please call us on 101 using Incident number 20000263531."

Police issue regular warning about so-called distraction burglaries and doorstep crime, using the motto "if you're not sure, don't open the door!"

Cold-callers claim to be from recognised organisations to gain entry, usually targeting elderly and vulnerable people, and those living alone.

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