Bogus council officials hold Tilbury man at knifepoint

DETECTIVES are investigating an aggravated burglary where two bogus council workers conned their way into a Tilbury home.

The men knocked on the door of a house in Bryanston Road claiming they were from Thurrock Council and were doing a recycling survey.

They showed identification and were wearing Thurrock Council lanyards.

They were let in to the property at about 9.15am on Monday, September 16, at which point they produced a knife and demanded money.

The victim, who is in his fifties, handed over a three figure sum of cash, two iPod Touches, and some jewellery.

This included two white gold women’s wedding bands, two white gold men’s wedding bands, and two white gold engagement rings set with a diamond.

Investigating officer, Dc Steven Bailey said: “I really need to speak to anyone in this area who might have seen these men as they made their getaway, or lurking around beforehand”.

One of the suspects is a white man, aged 20 to 30, 5ft 10ins tall, and of large build. He had a shaved head, was clean shaven, and was wearing a white long-sleeved shirt, dark trousers, smart black shoes and a multi-coloured lanyard with ID in a clear plastic sleeve which said Thurrock Council. He was carrying a black record-style bag.

The second suspect is a white man, aged 20 to 30, 5ft 9 ins tall and skinny. He was wearing the same type of lanyard with a long-sleeved white shirt and black shoes.

They made their escape along Sandhurst Road, heading in the direction of Moore Avenue.

Dc Bailey added: “I would urge people to carefully check identification before letting anyone into your home. If you have the slightest concern then call the organisation they say they are from. If they are genuine then they won’t mind waiting while you do this.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact Dc Steven Bailey, or his colleagues at Grays, on 101. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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