Detectives are appealing for information and footage from members of the public after two men purporting to be police officers stole money from two women in Crewe.
At around 11.15am yesterday, Monday 15 April, the offenders knocked on the front door of a house on Shakespeare Drive.
They claimed to be police officers investigating forgery incidents at a supermarket and demanded to be let inside.
As the men were not wearing police uniforms and did not adhere to their request to show ID, the occupiers would not let them in the house.
At that point the offenders barged the front door open and once they were inside the property they demanded to be shown the occupiers’ bank notes so that they could check if they were forgeries or not.
Upon being handed a quantity of cash, the offenders claimed that they needed to go to their van outside to check the validity of the bank notes.
They then fled the scene with the cash.
One of the victims followed the offenders outside but lost sight of them.
There were no vans outside.
Both of the offenders were white with tanned complexions and stocky builds. They looked to be aged in their 50s and spoke with Cheshire accents and were wearing long-sleeved black jackets and dark bottoms.
One of them was around 5’ 10” tall. He had a round face and fair hair which was long on top.
The other offender was taller and looked slightly older. He also had a longer face and his hair was a darker shade of brown – it was short on the sides with a long fringe.
Unlike his accomplice, the second man also had facial hair.
Enquiries in relation to the incident are ongoing and detectives are urging anyone who thinks they may have seen the men or a vehicle unusual to the area to come forward.
They also want to speak to anyone who believes they may know who the offenders are or have CCTV or dashcam footage of them.
Detective Constable Nick Jackson, of Crewe CID, said: “This incident has understandably left the victims extremely shaken up.
“They were targeted in their own home by offenders purporting to be police officers.
“Your home is the place you should be able to feel most safe and we are determined to establish who was responsible and bring them to justice.
“Enquiries are ongoing and as part of our investigation we are appealing for anyone who was in the area believes they may have seen the offenders, or have CCTV or dashcam footage of them, to get in touch.
“The same goes for anyone who recognises the descriptions of the men and thinks they may know their identities.