Police appeal - Bogus Police Officer burglar in Heckmondwike

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Police have released an e-fit image of a man they would like to identify following a burglary in which the suspect pretended to be a police officer.

At around 4pm on Monday, March 16, a 26-year-old woman was at home with her children at a property on Cemetery Road, Heckmondwike, when she heard the front door open.

She was then confronted by the suspect who claimed to be a police officer.

Detective Constable Cath Lowdon, from Kirklees District CID, said: “As the victim came into the living room she was confronted by the suspect who claimed to be a police officer.

“The victim then picked up the phone to call police and verify the man’s identity when a struggle ensued as the suspect tried to grab the phone before fleeing the property.

“Fortunately, the victim was uninjured in the incident but has been left shaken by what took place.

“Any police officer wanting to speak to a member of the public will always show valid identification, including a warrant card, and would not enter a property in this manner. This kind of deception will not be tolerated and it’s vital we identify this man.”

The suspect is described as a white, 20 - 30 years of age, 5ft 4” tall with a thin build, bald head and a baby face.

He was wearing dark clothing at the time of the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Kirklees District CID via 101 and quote crime reference number: 131501062