Police hunt pair after spate of burglaries in East Lancashire
7:00pm Saturday 31st August 2013 in News
A PAIR of burglars who knock on their victims’ doors to check if they are home before breaking in are thought to have struck up to 25 times.
Detectives said the burglaries had happened over the past five months in Blackburn, Darwen, Accrington and Preston.
And officers said many more may have narrowly escaped becoming victims.
It is believed before some of the burglaries, which have mainly been carried out during the daytime, involved a man and woman knocking on the victim’s door.
If challenged the couple provide a dubious reason for calling, which may relate to trying to locate a neighbour or distant relative, police said.
In one case, a home in Branch Road, in Mellor Brook and a number of items of jewellery.
And in Darwen, a similar attack happened in Rosehill Terrace when the thieves took items including two Samsung plasma TVs, items of jewellery and a vacuum cleaner.
Police are now appealing for people to come forward who believe they may have answered the door to the pair.
The man was described as being white, in his early 40s, but may appear older, and of very slim.
He was around 5ft 6ins tall, with balding receding hair and a gaunt appearance.
The woman was described as being white, appearing in her mid to late 30s with either dark blonde or light brown hair, possibly worn in a ponytail.
She was of a medium build and also around 5ft 6ins tall.
Witnesses said they saw the pair travelling in a dark blue people carrier-type vehicle which with blacked out rear windows.
Det Sgt Eric Halford, who is investigating the burglaries, said: “We noticed when conducting house to house enquiries at several of the offences that neighbours had been visited by a similarly described man and woman who we believe to be our suspects.
“Luckily these neighbours were at home at the time, but others have obviously not been so lucky. If the home owner was in, the couple usually provided a tall tale about trying to track down an old friend, distant family member or something similar as an excuse for having knocked on the door.
“If this is ringing a bell with anyone and you think you may have received a knock on the door from these people then I would urge you to contact police as we continue to investigate these crimes.”
Anybody with any information can contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org.
*A 42-year-old man and a 41-year-old woman from Darwen have been arrested on suspicion of a number of burglaries and are currently on police bail pending further enquiries.
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