Fake council workers steal rings and cash in knife attack

Basildon Recorder: Fake council workers steal rings and cash in knife attack Fake council workers steal rings and cash in knife attack

POLICE have revealed an e-fit image of a suspect involved in a burglary in Tilbury where bogus council workers pulled a knife on a man before stealing cash and two engagement and wedding rings.

The man pictured resembles one of two men who conned their way into the home of the victim, aged in his fifties, in Bryanston Road telling him they were from Thurrock Council and were doing a recycling survey, even producing ID and lanyards.

After producing a knife, they demanded money and stole two white gold women’s wedding bands, two white gold men’s wedding bands, and two white gold engagement rings set with a diamond.

The victim was also forced to hand over two iPod Touches and some jewellery.

The men ran off along Sandhurst Road, heading in the direction of Moore Avenue.

One suspect is white, aged 20 to 30, 5ft 10ins tall, and of large build. He had a shaved head, was clean shaven, and was wearing a white long-sleeved shirt, dark trousers, smart black shoes and a multi-coloured lanyard with ID in a clear plastic sleeve which said Thurrock Council. He was carrying a black record-style bag.

The second man is also white, aged 20 to 30, 5ft 9 ins tall and skinny. He was wearing the same type of lanyard with a long-sleeved white shirt and black shoes.

Investigating officer, Dc Steven Bailey said: "I really need to speak to anyone in this area who might have seen these men as they made their getaway, or lurking around beforehand”.

"I would urge people to carefully check identification before letting anyone into your home. If you have the slightest concern then call the organisation they say they are from. If they are genuine then they won’t mind waiting while you do this.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact Dc Steven Bailey, or his colleagues at Grays, on 101. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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6:47pm Tue 17 Sep 13

hoppie says...

You would surprised how many people let you in by saying you are from the council and dont check your ID.
You would surprised how many people let you in by saying you are from the council and dont check your ID. hoppie
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5:04pm Wed 18 Sep 13

Kim Gandy says...

No way would anybody from the council, nor anywhere else, be allowed into my home without prior arrangement.
No way would anybody from the council, nor anywhere else, be allowed into my home without prior arrangement. Kim Gandy
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6:16pm Thu 19 Sep 13

hoppie says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
No way would anybody from the council, nor anywhere else, be allowed into my home without prior arrangement.
Usually contact is made with tenant prior to going there, but sometimes cold knocking is carried out and you would be surprised how many people let you in. I carried out a 10% stock condition survey of a Council Stock by cold knocking and only one person refused me entry then rang the Council to check on me then let me in the following day
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: No way would anybody from the council, nor anywhere else, be allowed into my home without prior arrangement.[/p][/quote]Usually contact is made with tenant prior to going there, but sometimes cold knocking is carried out and you would be surprised how many people let you in. I carried out a 10% stock condition survey of a Council Stock by cold knocking and only one person refused me entry then rang the Council to check on me then let me in the following day hoppie
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9:18pm Thu 19 Sep 13

OMPITA [Intl] says...

Never rely on only being shown an Identity Card.

I doubt if anyone would know how to discriminate between a genuine item and a clever forgery - which just about anyone can now produce with a home computer and printer. I know I couldn't.

On a slightly different tack I must tell you about the time when my dog had an identity card in order for it to accompany me to work in a certain establishment.

Some time later whilst working in a top security government department in London I sometimes (just for sheer devilment) used to 'accidentally' show my dog's ID card to the Security Staff whose job it was to check everybody's Identity documentation on entry.

Not once was I ever challenged!

Apart from having a cold wet nose I like to think that I bore no other obvious likenesses to my poor old faithful Mutt.

It all goes to show that we shouldn't place to much dependence on ID cards alone from whatever your standpoint.
Never rely on only being shown an Identity Card. I doubt if anyone would know how to discriminate between a genuine item and a clever forgery - which just about anyone can now produce with a home computer and printer. I know I couldn't. On a slightly different tack I must tell you about the time when my dog had an identity card in order for it to accompany me to work in a certain establishment. Some time later whilst working in a top security government department in London I sometimes (just for sheer devilment) used to 'accidentally' show my dog's ID card to the Security Staff whose job it was to check everybody's Identity documentation on entry. Not once was I ever challenged! Apart from having a cold wet nose I like to think that I bore no other obvious likenesses to my poor old faithful Mutt. It all goes to show that we shouldn't place to much dependence on ID cards alone from whatever your standpoint. OMPITA [Intl]
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