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Distraction Burglary Warning - Lincoln

Police are warning elderly people in the city that distraction burglars are operating.

The warning comes after an incident in Bain Street, Lincoln, just after midday on November 8.

A man knocked on the door of an 88-year-old woman, saying he was from the “Waterboard”. He claimed there had been an “incident” in the area and that he needed to check the water supply.

He asked the occupant to run various taps in the house. When he had left the victim realised that bedrooms had been searched and cash had been stolen. The offender is described as white and of medium build with short dark hair. He was wearing a navy jumper and dark trousers.

Residents are being urged to be on the lookout for bogus officials like this, to always ask for ID and to always ring the company concerned to check they have officials in the area. Genuine callers will not mind waiting while you do this. If you have any concerns at all about callers to your house call the police immediately.

Anyone with any information on this offence can call 101, or call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on: 0800 555 111.

Updated: 9th November 2012 at 16:17