Boy used in distraction burglaries, say Met Police
A young boy has been used in a number of distraction burglaries, police say.
On 3 July, the boy knocked on a 79-year-old woman's door to ask if he could search her garden after he heard a crying cat.
When she returned to her house in Greenwich she noticed her drawers were open and her purse had been stolen.
And on 17 June, a 91-year-old man was assaulted by a man and held in his kitchen in Lewisham after he let in a young boy.
The victim allowed the boy to enter the address, closed the door and gave him a pen and paper so he could write a note to his aunt.
When he returned to the front door to lock it, he became suspicious that someone had entered the house because the door was ajar.
He called the police after the boy told him not to double lock the door. While on the phone, he was attacked from behind and held while the suspects fled.
The main suspect is described as a white man, aged 35 to 40, of heavy build with short dark hair and clean shaven.
He is believed to be the man in an e-fit issued by Kent Police in a similar offence that occurred on 7 June, when a young boy knocked on the door of the victim's home in Wyvern Close, Dartford.
On that occasion, the child gained access to the property by asking if he could access the back garden to retrieve a toy.
Det Con Shukeil Mandalia said: "Whilst we are not stating that all these offences are linked at these stage, the offences are very similar and the description of the suspect provided to us by the victim of the offence in Lewisham does bare a striking resemblance to the e-fit that was issued by Kent Police.
"People should remain vigilant and if they do receive a knock at their door to find these suspects, or anyone using a similar ruse in order to gain entry to their home, please dial 999 immediately."