Householders cautioned against letting cold callers into home after conman burglar gains access by asking 'to check water supply'

A burglar conned his way into an elderly person's home in Northampton by saying he was there to check their water supply.

Monday, 19th June 2017, 5:26 pm
Updated Tuesday, 20th June 2017, 3:53 pm
The incident happened in Cotswold Avenue.

The incident happened on June 17 (Saturday) between 7pm and 9pm at a property in Cotswold Avenue, off Harlestone Road, in Dallington, Northampton.

A man called at the house and asked the elderly householder if he was if he was having any problems with his water supply. He was allowed inside.

The offender is described as white, aged 20 to 30 and about 6ft. He had a thin, clean-shaven face with a clear complexion and light-coloured hair.

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Witnesses, or anyone with information, are asked to call Northamptonshire Police on 101. Alternatively, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Officers are reminding people never to open the door to anyone they don’t know or aren’t expecting, and to check the details of any caller who claims to be there to check the water supply by calling Anglian Water on 0800 145 145.

Incident Number: 17000255549