Essex

Seven bogus officers burgle house in Ongar

Seven bogus police office officers who tricked their way into a woman's home in Essex stole tens of thousands of pounds worth of jewellery and watches.

The woman, who is in her 40s, was duped when the "plain-clothed officers" said they were carrying out inquiries.

She later realised they had taken gold and silver necklaces and Rolex and Tag Heuer watches.

Police said the men struck early in Longfields, Ongar, on Wednesday, after the woman's husband had left for work.

'Genuine and polite'

Details have only just been released by police.

Det Con Jody Greenfield said the victim had believed the men "seemed genuine and polite and said they were involved in a local investigation".

He added: "Two were said to be white and the others had dark complexions and were described as being of Eastern European appearance. One stood out as being very tall with short dark hair and one was bald.

"Some of the men were seen to leave in a light-coloured small vehicle.

"We do know that they left the scene slowly so as not to draw attention to themselves."

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