Police appeal for information after bogus burglary in Leeds

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Police in Leeds are appealing for information after a bogus burglary on an elderly man when two men stole a significant quantity of cash by claiming to be police officers.

Detective Constable Kate Hutton, from Leeds District CID, said: “The incident occurred on Friday, November 21 around 11.30am on Scott Hall Drive when two men, who purported to be police officers, told the 76-year-old victim they needed to check his back garden.

“As the victim returned from checking his own garden he found one of the men in his living room and the other is believed to have made a search of two upstairs bedrooms before rejoining the second suspect.

“Both suspects then left the property locking the victim inside. They were seen to leave the area in a white coloured transit van which is described as having a distinctive graphic on the side of the vehicle made up of a palm tree in a frame.

“The main suspect is described as a white male around 5ft 10” tall with medium build and short dark hair. He was believed to have been wearing a grey ‘donkey style’ jacket.

“This was a despicable act by two men on a vulnerable, elderly gentleman and I would urge anyone who saw anything suspicious at the time or who may have any information about the distinctive van to contact police.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Kate Hutton at Leeds CID via: 101 and quoting crime reference number: 13140452376.