Police disguises used in £10,000 Essex robbery

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Home owner kept distracted while gang of thieves use front door.

Jewellery theives who donned diguises and posed as policeman have tricked their way into the home of an Essex woman, stealing more than £10,000 worth of jewellery.

Two men arrived at the woman’s property claiming to have a seach warrant for an investigation into local jewellery thefts. They were dressed in white shirts, stab vests, black trousers and shoes when they called at the house in the Theydon Bois area of Essex last friday evening.

Shortly after, the woman’s partner returned and became suspicious of the men, and it is believed they then assaulted him. 

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A police spokesman said: "A woman who was alone at the house let the men in. One of them kept her occupied while the other man opened the front door to let in two other gang members – both dressed in black hoodies and black trousers – who started searching bedrooms."

"When the victim’s partner returned a few minutes later he suspected that the men were not officers and told them to leave. He was assaulted as the thieves fled from the house with a five-figure sum of jewellery," the spokesperson added.

Detectives have appealed for information about the four men who may have used a car or van and would have been in Hobbs Cross Road, Abridge Road or Coopersale Lane between 17:45pm and 18:30pm.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Essex Police.

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