Men dress as police officers and pretend mobile phone is warrant card in attempted Poole burglary
Two men tried to gain entry to a Poole property by pretending to be police officers and pretending a mobile phone was a warrant card.
Dorset Police have released an e-fit image of one of the offenders after the attempted burglary along Lake Drive, Hamworthy between 7:30pm and 8pm on Monday January 28.
One of the offenders held up a mobile phone as if to show his warrant card - before saying he believed the resident was cultivating cannabis and needed to enter the property to carry out a search.
Police Constable Phil Cowlishaw of Hamworthy Safer Neighbourhood Team said: "Fortunately, the occupant, a man in his fifties, did not fall for this deception but the offender still managed to gain entry to the property briefly without invitation.
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"When he was told to get out, both offenders left the scene.
"I am now in a position to release an e-fit of one of the offenders. I would urge the man pictured - and anyone who recognises him - to contact Dorset Police."
Police are reminding residents that genuine officers are always happy to clearly show their warrant card which contains a photograph and the signature of the Chief Constable.
Witnesses or anyone with information should contact Dorset Police on 101, quoting incident number 28:470.