Police are linking incidents that occurred on Tuesday 20th September in Maze Road, Hilton and Pitfield Close, Fenstanton:
Maze Road, Hilton – At around 5:30 pm on Tuesday 20th September, a resident of Maze Road disturbed two male intruders who had entered his house and were about to climb the stairs. The men fled, taking with them as they left a pair of the victim’s trousers containing his wallet and keys. A neighbour observed them getting into a blue BMW car, in which a third man was already sitting, and then drove away.
Police are linking this theft with an attempted distraction burglary in Pitfield Close, Fenstanton, at around 6:00 pm on the same day, Tuesday 20th September, in which a blue BMW was also observed. In this incident, two men purporting to be from ‘the Water Board’ managed to persuade an elderly resident to let them into her house. However, a vigilant neighbour raised the alarm and they left empty-handed.
Police have now received a report via Neighbourhood Watch of a suspiciously similar incident that took place in Weir Road, Hemingford Grey on the same day, Tuesday 20th September. A man knocked at the door of an elderly couple’s house, saying he needed to come into the kitchen because of a water emergency, and was let in. Meanwhile, a second man also entered the property and went into a different room. When the couple realised and shouted, the men both left and drove away in a blue car.
Please be aware of this method tricksters use to gain entry to your house. There is no such organisation as ‘the Water Board’ anymore. Any genuine employee of a water utility (or gas, or electricity) will carry identification and will be very happy for you to check it before you open your door.