Following an incident yesterday lunchtime (Friday, 11 May) where a man posed as a police officer in an attempt to gain access to an 88-year-old man’s home, police are reminding residents to please be aware and to remain vigilant.
At around 12.10pm, the man, described as white and approximately 30-years-old and wearing a white shirt, black trousers and black cap, attended an address in the Gleadless area of Sheffield, and claimed to the elderly resident he was a police sergeant and needed to gain entry to his home to see how much cash he had in the house.
Detective Inspector Steve Smith said: “The 88-year-old absolutely refused entry to him which was the right thing to do, even though the man was incredibly persistent, he would not let him in until he had made further checks and the man left when he wasn’t able to gain entry.
“Detectives in Sheffield are investigating this incident, as well as six previous incidents earlier this month across the city in Hillsborough, Gleadless, Totley, Woodhouse, Broomhill and Heeley.
“I would like to offer my reassurance that a thorough investigation is already underway and we are pursuing a number of lines of enquiry to identify the offenders responsible.
“I do understand this will cause concern to our local communities, and I would advise residents to please be assured that all of our officers carry photo warrant cards, which will always be presented to members of public they are visiting.
“If you remain unsure, or believe the ID presented isn’t legitimate, please call 101 who will be able to confirm an officers details. Our officers are more than happy to wait outside while you make as many necessary checks as you need.
“A police officer will also never make demands for cash. If officers are attending a property to seize items or money, they will have a valid search warrant which will be presented before entry and the relevant legislation will be referenced.
“Please share this information with family and friends and for all our residents in South Yorkshire, if anyone calls at your home purporting to be from any organisation or company, if you’re not sure, don’t open the door.”
Anyone with information is asked to please call 101 quoting incident number 375 of 11 May.
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