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DISTRACTION BURGLARY: Police appeal following incident in Watford

 Published on: 12th August 2020   |   By: Geraint Roberts   |   Category: Uncategorized

Officers are appealing for information and witnesses following a distraction burglary in Watford.

The incident happened in Hillrise Avenue on Thursday, August 6.

At around 8.30am, a man rung the victim’s doorbell and claimed to be from the water board. He asked to check the stopcock and was showed to the kitchen where he spent some time turning the water on and off.

When he left the property, the victim noticed that numerous items had been moved in his bedroom and quantity of cash had been stolen from his wallet in the living room.

Detective constable Julie Vint, who is investigating, said: “We believe a second offender may have been involved while the first offender distracted the victim.

“The first offender is described as white, of a medium build, around 50 to 55 years old and approximately 5ft 6in tall. He was wearing a high-vis orange boiler suit and a white hard hat.

“I am appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident, or anyone with information about what happened to get in touch by emailing me at quoting crime reference 41/62186/20. Were you in the area? Did you see the offenders?

“Any information you have, no matter how small it might seem, could be vital in helping us to find the offenders and stopping someone else from being targeted. 

“I would urge local residents to be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour to us by calling 101. If a crime is in progress, always call 999.”

You can also report information online at or speak to an operator in the Force Communications Room via the online web chat at

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