Elderly warned over bogus police burglaries in Essex

Elderly people have been warned to be vigilant about the identity of strangers after thieves posed as police officers in four incidents in Essex.

A woman had her Rolex watch stolen from her wrist when two men forced their way into her home in Chigwell on Friday.

Incidents involving two bogus officers in Buckhurst Hill, Waltham Abbey and Abridge, are being linked.

Police believe the Chigwell burglary involved different men. Officers have stepped up patrols in the area.

The men in the Manor Road, Chigwell, incident are both described as being in their 20s and about 5ft 7in (1.7m)

One was mixed race with light-coloured skin, slim, with a shaved head and bulging eyes and was wearing blue jeans and a dark military-style woollen coat.

His accomplice was white, of medium build and was wearing a tracksuit, trainers and a beanie hat.

On Tuesday, two men claiming to be police officers asked an elderly woman to check damage they had spotted on her front window in the New Farm Drive area of Abridge.

As she did so, one of the men tried to sneak into her home, but the woman spotted what was happening and ordered them to leave.

Both men were white and are believed to be in their early 30s. One was about 5ft 10in (1.77m), skinny, and was wearing a hat and was smartly dressed.

The second man was about 5ft 6in (1.67m), of larger build, scruffy and wearing dark clothing.

Police said these descriptions are similar to those given for two men involved in a burglary at Buckhurst Hill on 8 February, and at Waltham Abbey on 24 February.

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