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Dorchester Police investigate distraction burglaries
1:36pm Thursday 24th January 2013 in Latest
POLICE have issued a warning after two distraction burglaries were reported.
Officers from Dorchester are investigating the incidents and have issued advice to help people become victims of similar crimes.
The first offence occurred in Front Street, Portesham, with a male entering a house through a rear door and engaging the victim in conversation when he was disturbed before leaving the property.
The man was described as white, around five foot seven inches tall, in his 30s, of medium build and was wearing dark clothing and a hat.
After he left the victim discovered bedrooms had been searched but it is not know if anything was taken.
The second offence took place in Hill View, Charminster, and saw a male calling at the front door and speaking to the occupant about a vehicle parked nearby.
During that time another person entered the property through a rear window and is believed to have stolen money.
The man who spoke to the occupant was described as white, in his 30s, of medium build, short in height and with a few days facial growth.
He was wearing dark clothing and a hat.
Both incidents occurred between around 4.30pm and 5pm on Thursday January 17.
Dorchester Police’s Safer Neighbourhood Team has issued advice to people to
The advice includes keeping a discreet eye on people calling in the area or acting suspiciously, noting the registration number of vehicles parked in your area for a period of time and to report and suspicious activity to police.
Vulnerable people are also advised to check a caller’s identity and keep their door on a chain.
Any witnesses to the burglaries or anyone with information are asked to contact Dorset Police on 101.