Police hunt 'chubby' suspect after distraction burglary in north Watford

Police hunt 'chubby' suspect after distraction burglary in north Watford

Police hunt 'chubby' suspect after distraction burglary in north Watford

First published in News Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

Police are hunting a “chubby” suspect after a distraction burglary in north Watford yesterday.

Hertfordshire Constabulary said a number of people in the north Watford and Nascot areas were door knocked by a man who claimed he needed to check their property for water leaks or read the electricity meter.

The first incident happened in Grandfield Avenue. The victim was told there was a water leak by a man who attempted to get inside the property but the victim refused him entry.

The second incident happened 9.30am in Gammons Lane, north Watford, when the victim was told to wait in the hall whilst a man went into the lounge to check sockets. She later found items missing from her purse.

A third incident also happened around the same time in Gammons Lane and the victim was told there may be a water leak upstairs. However the occupant became suspicious whilst the man was in her house and he left.

The suspect is described as aged 38 to 45, around 5ft 6ins tall with a ‘chubby’ build and short dark brown or black hair. He was said to be dressed smartly.

Detective Constable Jason Tinsey from Operation Manhunt said: “In these cases the victims were either elderly or vulnerable and the offender utilised this in order to attempt to steal. “These criminals prey on the victim’s good nature so we must ensure people are aware of these tactics so they say no at the door.

“I would urge people never to open the door to a caller you are not expecting, and if you do get a suspicious call, contact police immediately. As we have seen in these cases, it is the older people in our communities who are being targeted so I would ask people to pass this message to their older friends or relatives.

“I would also urge anyone who has been approached in the same way, or who saw any suspicious activity in these locations when the incidents happened to contact police immediately.”

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10:16am Mon 25 Aug 14

Taxidermist says...

These are the ones reported to the Police, I wonder how many people have had this man call on them without reporting it?
These are the ones reported to the Police, I wonder how many people have had this man call on them without reporting it? Taxidermist
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6:23pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Cuthbert007 says...

Great description. Chubby and middle aged. Is it politically correct to call someone chubby?
Great description. Chubby and middle aged. Is it politically correct to call someone chubby? Cuthbert007
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12:58am Sun 31 Aug 14

CMalthere says...

If the man is chubby, he is chubby. How would you describe him with political correctness? Fleshier around the bones than the normal? How would you describe normal? Hey? What is normal? I am chubby myself with a proud beer belly. Description: 5 foot tall dark hair chubby female. Offended. Not. In denial: not. Being true to myself: 100%. Go on a diet and the gym if you want to burgle and be describe with political correctness. CCTV hold the truth anyway. Fat and slim bastards are caught on it in action. What is the fancy word for sparring a criminal that he is a criminal? Description is essential in hunting crimes, don't hold back for political correctness for your neighbour or yourself might be their next victims. Just describe in your own words as much as you can.
If the man is chubby, he is chubby. How would you describe him with political correctness? Fleshier around the bones than the normal? How would you describe normal? Hey? What is normal? I am chubby myself with a proud beer belly. Description: 5 foot tall dark hair chubby female. Offended. Not. In denial: not. Being true to myself: 100%. Go on a diet and the gym if you want to burgle and be describe with political correctness. CCTV hold the truth anyway. Fat and slim bastards are caught on it in action. What is the fancy word for sparring a criminal that he is a criminal? Description is essential in hunting crimes, don't hold back for political correctness for your neighbour or yourself might be their next victims. Just describe in your own words as much as you can. CMalthere
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