CCTV images released as Wakefield bogus burglar hunted

An e-fit of the suspect.
An e-fit of the suspect.
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Police are hunting a man following two burglaries in the Wakefield area.

CCTV images and an e-fit of a man West Yorkshire Police are hoping to speak to have been released following the two incidents, which happened in Peacock Close, Wakefield, and Whitehall Court, Horbury, on Thursday March 5 between 1pm and 2.30pm.

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The suspect claimed to be working for a security company linked to a housing association and gained access to both properties, where he spoke to the residents about window locks and safes.

One of the victims, a 68-year-old man, handed over his bank details and later discovered £200 had been taken from his account.

The suspect is described as white, possibly in his fifties, about 5ft 8ins tall and of stocky build. He had brown hair and spoke with a local accent.

Detective Constable Gary Wetherill, from Wakefield District CID, said: “This incident has understandably left the victims’ feeling upset and distressed, and I would like to hear from anyone who recognises the man from the e-fit or the CCTV image.

“It is possible he may have called at other houses in the area, and I would like anyone who has been approached by a man under similar circumstances to get in touch.”

Anyone with information should call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or Det Const Wetherill on 101, quoting incidents 13150089889 and 13150089834.

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