Detectives investigating Margate break-in after man confronts intruder claiming to be a policeman

Police would like to speak to this man

Police have released an efit after a man confronted an intruder, who then claimied to be a police officer, in his Margate home.

On Wednesday 25 July, at about 1pm the victim reported that while upstairs in his house in Drapers Avenue, an unknown man entered the room.

The stranger shouted at the victim that he was the police and was there to carry out a raid.  He questioned the man and asked for identification but the man ignored him.  After the suspect searched the room he left.

The victim noticed that other rooms had been searched and that jewellery and money to the value of £300 had been taken.

Detectives have now issued an e-fit of a man they would like to talk to in connection with the incident.

Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Neil Martin said: “I would like to take this opportunity to remind residents that while most people who call at our homes are genuine, unfortunately there are some who lie about their identity in order to trick their way inside in order to steal valuables and money.

“Please be wary about allowing strangers into your property when there is any doubt as to who they are. Remember that if Kent Police officers do visit, they will often be in uniform, will always carry identification and will be more than happy for people to call 101 to check they are who they claim to be.

“Remember also that people from water, gas and electricity companies also rarely visit without appointments. Do not let anyone in who does not have an appointment or genuine, verified ID.”

Anyone who recognises the man in the image is urged to call the appeal line on 01843 222289  quoting reference ZY/043439/18.