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Police issue warning after distraction burglaries in Leicester

Alert message sent 08/03/2012 16:15:00
Information sent on behalf of Leicestershire Neighbourhood Watch


This is a message to all Neighbourhood Watch members in the  Leicestershire Constabulary area

The Police are issuing a warning after two people were the victim of a distraction burglary in Leicester, please pass this information on to your members, relatives and colleagues.

The most recent incident took place at about 5.45pm on Friday March 2 in the Purley Road area of Leicester, when a woman a 52-year-old woman answered the door to a man who claimed he was collecting for a charity.  He then went on to say that he could sense a ghost or spirit in the victim’s home and he could get rid of it for her

He asked the victim to place some gold jewellery into a pot so he could carry out a ritual, the victim raised the alarm and the man was arrested.

A similar incident also occurred on Thursday February 16 between 2pm and 3pm on the St Matthews Estate when the 55-year-old victim answered her door to a man claiming to be collecting money for charity.  The victim invited the suspect in where he has gone through a number of rituals, before leaving. The victim then noticed some of her jewellery had been taken. A 53-year-old man has been arrested in connection with both offences and released on police bail pending further enquiries.

We would like to take this opportunity to warn other people about these incidents, so if they are approached by a man in similar circumstances they know not to let the man in and to call the police.  We  would also appeal to anyone who has already been approached in similar circumstances to contact me as they could have information which will help with the investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC 228 Raj Pahal on 101 and follow the instructions to leave a message for an officer, when prompted key in her identification number 0228. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, which is free and anonymous, on 0800 555 111.

Issued on 08/03/12 at 14:09
Crime reference number: CN/00903/12-3 & CK/01152/12-6

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Marion Lewis (NHWN, Force Lead NHW Volunteer, Leicestershire)

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