Bogus Water Company Worker Steals Cash in Acton

Told householder on Goldsmith Close he needed access to repair leak

Bogus Water Company Worker Steals Cash in Acton

A man claiming to be from the water company gained access to a home in Acton in order to steal cash.

The distraction burglary took place on Thursday, 5 November at around 11am, in Goldsmith Close, W3. The homeowner, a man in his sixties, was told that a water leak on his property needed repairing. The bogus worker was allowed access and left the premises around ten minutes later. The occupier then realised that his front door key had been stolen and also a large quantity of cash.

The suspect is described as white, around 20 years old and 5ft 7ins tall, short hair and was wearing a white t-shirt and light blue jeans.

Police Constable Kone, from the West Area Basic Command Unit Burglary Team said, “We need to ensure that we safeguard members of our community, where thieves will take advantage of their vulnerability. The main tactics include distracting the occupier in order to steal items. They may also pose as working for a utility company or give an excuse to distract the occupier. If you have been a victim of this type of crime, please contact us.”

If you can help identify the suspect or you have any information, please call us on 101 and quote CAD 5648/05NOV.

Alternatively, you can provide information anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

November 18, 2020