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Police have this issue e-fit after a distraction burglary

Thief pretending to be repairman steals cash from pensioner

Police have issued an e-fit of a man they are looking for in relation to a distraction burglary.

The man turned up at a caravan on the Woodlands Estate, Blean, between 11am and 12pm on Monday, May 7.

He told a man in his 70s that he was there to carry out repairs. When he left, the victim noticed money was missing.

Det Con Chris Bungard said: “The man claimed to be from a company that repairs mobile homes and told the victim, in his 70s, that he needed his floor replacing and offered to do this at a cost.

“After the caller left the victim noticed some money was missing and reported this to Kent Police.”

The Woodlands Estate is a residential park off the A290 between Canterbury and Whitstable with an entrance opposite the Royal Oak pub.

Police are advising residents to be wary of people in the area.

Det Con Bungard added: “While we investigate this incident we would ask all residents in the area to be vigilant and look out for anything suspicious. Always check ID with cold callers and if you are not sure, don’t let them into your home.

“We would like to hear from anyone who recognises the man in this image or who has information about the alleged offence.”

The suspect is a white man of medium build, around 5ft, 7ins tall with brown and grey wavy hair. He was wearing dark trousers, a light coloured top, dark glasses and was carrying a walking stick.

Witnesses are asked to call Kent Police on 01843 222289 quoting reference number ZY/24495/18.

Alternatively, contact Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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