E-fit images released in Portsmouth distraction burglary appeal

WANTED The police e-fit of the suspects
WANTED The police e-fit of the suspects
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DETECTIVES in Portsmouth are releasing e-fits of a man and woman wanted in connection with a bogus caller incident.

An 89-year-old woman reported two purses and cash stolen from her flat at Rose Tower on Clarence Parade in Southsea, between 6.15pm and 6.30pm on September 18, 2012. Police have only just released details of this crime.

Police were told the woman was tricked into allowing another woman into her home with a request to check the property for a water leak from a flat above.

While the 89-year-old was distracted, it’s alleged a man also came in and stole two purses.

The man was described as being white around 5ft 6ins tall with a stocky build. He was wearing a dark jacket and trousers and could have been in his 40s or 50s.

The woman was described aswearing a beige suit. She was white, aged in her 20s with a slim build and a foreign accent.

Detective Constable Jim Garrett, who is investigating the incident, said: ‘Police released information of this crime last month as an appeal for information. We are now releasing e-fit images of the suspects; and would like to hear from anyone who recognises the people from the descriptions or the artistic images.’

Anyone who recognises the suspect or anyone else with information is asked to contact CID at Fratton police station by phoning 101. Mini-Com users can call the police on 18001 101. Information can be given anonymously by calling the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.