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Burglars posing as cleaners steal cash and valuable jewellery, including Omega and Tag Heuer watches, from Norfolk homes

Picture: ADRIAN JUDD

Picture: ADRIAN JUDD

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Criminals posing as cleaners offering a free and discounted cleaning services stole jewellery - including Omega and Tag Heuer watches - and cash from unsuspecting victims’ homes in a string of distraction burglaries.

A man and a woman cold called at a house in Wisbech Road in Outwell on Tuesday, August 30, offering cleaning at a discounted rate.

They returned the next day to carry out the work. After they had left the property, the owners discovered that jewellery had been taken including necklaces, an eternity ring, gold chains and an Omega watch with a black leather strap.

And on Friday, September 8 in London Road, Downham Market, a woman called at a home offering cleaning free of charge.

When the woman left the property, the owner found a Tag Heuer watch and a ring missing.

On Tuesday, September 12 at some point between 10am and 10.30am, a woman offering a free hour’s cleaning for the over-70s cold called at a property in Mill Road, Watlington and stole cash.

On the same morning, a woman offering cleaning services cold called at a property on Stow Road in Wiggenhall St Mary Magdalen and stole cash, cheques and jewellery.

Police are looking into the possibility that the incidents are linked and would like to hear from anyone who may information to assist the investigation.

One of the offenders is described as a woman aged between 30 and 35 years old, of large build, 5ft 4in tall, with brown hair pulled back into a pony tail, wearing make-up and with a clean and presentable appearance.

A Norfolk police spokesman urged people to keep their houses secure even when they are at home, with doors, windows and gates locked.

They said people should not feel under any obligation to answer the door if not expecting a visitor and urged people to always put a chain on the door before answering.

“It gives you more control over the conversation and also makes it much harder for someone to force their way in,” a police spokesman said.

Residents should also asked for photo ID of unexpected visitors and to never buy or sell anything at the door.

“Remember, if you are not sure about the caller, do not open the door and do call police on 101 (or 999 in an emergency) if you are concerned for your safety,” a police spokesman added.

“If you think the caller is suspicious and may target someone else vulnerable in the neighbourhood, please call police immediately on 999 and give as much detail as you can about the person, the clothing they were wearing, details of any vehicle etc.”

Anyone with any information about the West Norfolk incidents should contact DC Emma Cross at King’s Lynn CID on 101, quoting 36/64983/17.

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