Man in his 60s conned out of £900 by bogus copper claiming they were fake notes

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A man in his 60s was tricked into handing over £900 to a bogus policeman who claimed they were fake notes in Baxterley yesterday.

The man was approached in the street at around 6pm yesterday, January 22, by a male claiming to be a police officer.

The offender, who claimed to be looking for fake notes, asked the gentlemen if he had any money at his home.

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The resident said he had £900 in his house and took the offender back to his address where he handed over all the money.

The male offender claimed he would check for fingerprints and left the address.

A spokesperson for Warwickshire Police said: “We were called at 5.59pm on Wednesday, January 22 to a report of a burglary in Baxterley, Atherstone.

“At around 5.30pm, it’s reported man was approached in the street by a male who was purporting to be a police officer.

“The man told the officer he was looking for fake bank notes, and asked the victim if he had at money at his home.

“He then stole a quantity of cash from the victim’s home.

“The suspect is described as a white man, in his 40s-50s, wearing a blue jumper.”

North Warwickshire Neighbourhood Watch are urging people to remain vigilant in the area.

They said: “A male resident in their 60s was approached in the street at around 6pm on 22/1/20 by a male offender claiming to be police.

“He asked the resident if he had money at home as they were looking for fake notes.

“The resident stated he had £900 in his house and he took him back to the address where he gave him all the money.

“The male offender claimed he would check for fingerprints and left the address. The suspect is described as male, bald head, 40-50 years, well built, wearing a blue ‘police style’ jumper.”

If you saw the person described in Baxterley, or have any information that could help the police with their enquiries, including any potential CCTV footage, please call 101 and refer to incident number 315 of 22/1/20 or email: NorthWarwickshireRuralAlerts@warwickshire.pnn.police.uk

• North Warwickshire Neighbour Watch added: “If anyone is approached by a police officer or PCSO in uniform or not, they should always have their identification card to hand and Warwickshire Police would encourage anyone to ask them to produce this. If you wish to check further (i.e. their name or collar number) call 101 with the details.

“Please remain vigilant in your area and report all suspicious persons or activity to the police on 101. If you happen to be approached by the above suspect in similar circumstances please call the Police on 999.”





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