Teenager and ‘uncle’ target Bromley homes in spate of distraction burglaries

PUBLISHED: 07:00 25 July 2013

A spate of distraction burglaries have taken place across Bromley over the past fortnight.

The incidents occur when a teenage boy calls at an address with a man, posing as his uncle, claiming to have lost a football or toy in the victim’s garden.

While the victim assists the youngster looking for the lost item, the man steals cash and jewellery from the house.

The teen is described as white, around 5’3” tall, fat with black, cropped hair. The man with him is described as white, around 5’9” tall, stout and bald.

Det Ch Insp Andy Furphy, of Bromley Police, said: “Don’t be pressured into letting someone into your home if you have suspicions about them. If you are not sure, don’t open the door. Genuine visitors will not mind you telling them to return when you have a relative, or friend with you.”

Bromley Police are urging residents to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activity immediately, using 999 if the person is still in the vicinity or if they believe the suspects may be targeting a vulnerable house in the area.

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