Surrey

Surrey house burgled by thieves posing as police officers

Four men who posed as police in order to steal cash from an elderly couple are being hunted by Surrey Police.

The distraction burglary, in Philanthropic Road, Redhill, took place on Tuesday at 18:30 BST.

The men told the couple they were detectives who needed to enter the property as part of their inquiry into burglaries in the area.

When they left the couple realised they had stolen £600 in cash. Police have linked the burglary to 30 others.

Det Con Dave Every said: "This is an appalling and despicable crime where the offenders have clearly gone prepared to target and deceive some of the most vulnerable members of our community.

"I would urge anyone who saw four men or a dark coloured Audi in suspicious circumstances around the time of the incident to contact officers with information as we need to find those responsible and bring them to justice."

Police have linked the burglary to 30 others which have taken place around the county, where elderly people have been approached by thieves posing as police officers or UK Border officials.

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