Bogus Callers in Stafford and Penkridge!
21st February 2013
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Detectives are warning residents to be on their guard following two bogus official incidents.


The First Incident

The first incident happened on Monday 11 February between 3pm and 3.30pm. A man knocked at the door of an elderly lady in Woodlands Road, Stafford, claiming to be from the water board.

The man entered the house and ran the taps, telling the woman the pipes were frozen and needed thawing out. Whilst the woman was distracted a second man is believed to have entered the property.

After the man left, claiming to be checking outside, the woman realised money had been taken.

The offenders were seen to get into a dark coloured saloon car parked further up Woodlands Road.

The first man is described as white, aged early 20’s, 5ft 4in to 5in 6in tall, with a medium build and light brown hair. He was clean shaven and wore a grey three-quarter length woollen coat with navy gloves.

The second man is described as white, aged in his 40’s, 5ft 4in to 5in 6in tall, with a stocky build and black hair combed over. He was clean shaven and wore a navy three-quarter length coat.


The Second Incident

The second incident occurred at around 5pm on Tuesday 12 February. A man asked to use an elderly woman’s telephone in St. Michael’s Road, Penkridge.

After using the phone he followed the woman into the kitchen for a drink of water. The man left saying he would be back later. On this occasion the bogus official left empty-handed.

This man is described as white, clean shaven, 5ft 8in tall and spoke with a local accent. He wore a dark overcoat.

At this stage detectives are linking these two incidents.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 540 of February 12. Alternatively they can contact independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Residents are asked to remain vigilant at all times and to follow this advice:
  • Never trust anyone calling at the door without a prior appointment. Should you receive such a call leave the door locked. The caller will hear you through the door when you ask them who they are. If they state they are from a utilities company ask for your account number, they should have this, if not, do not let them in and tell them to leave, and that you are calling the Police.

  • Always ask for ID, and check it.

  • Do not allow anyone to carry work out on your home, or sell you anything when they cold call at the door. If you do require work to be done, INSTIGATE IT YOURSELF, by phoning three companies asking for like for like quotes. Then decide.

  • Do not keep large amounts of cash in your home, you may think that you have the perfect hiding place, but these criminals will find it.

  • Please remember there is no such company as the Water Board, Gas Board or Electric Board. These words are only used by offenders.

  • Always report any suspicious behaviour to the police, if you think it is suspicious, it probably is.

  • Keep your doors locked even when you are home.

Residents should also follow the stop, chain and check rule when people call at the door:


  • STOP - If you are not expecting anybody and they don’t have an appointment - don’t let them in


  • CHAIN - Use your door chain or bar before opening the door


  • CHECK - Ask to see ID and double check this.
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