Bogus Police Officers in Houghton Regis - Witness Appeal

Police are appealing for witnesses for a burglary where a woman was targeted by three men claiming to be police officers.

At approximately 7pm on Tuesday (19 October), a woman in her 80s was disturbed by three men who broke in through the front door of her property in Farm Close, Houghton Regis.

The victim was sitting in her kitchen when three men gained entry to her property and introduced themselves as police officers investigating a theft in the neighbouring address. One of the offenders pulled out a fake plastic police badge, whilst the other two men searched the victim’s bedroom stealing a number of items.

The victim challenged the offenders cover story and demanded them to leave. They ran off after stealing £30 and a blue plastic wallet containing the victim's bus pass, driving licence and a loyalty card.  They were seen running from Farm Close towards Dalling Drive.

The three suspects are described as follow white men, approximately 5’10’’, clean-shaven and wearing black clothing.

Detective Constable Jason Wheeler, who is investigating, said, “This is a despicable crime, where these three individuals have targeted a woman in her own home. I would like to appeal to anyone who was in the area at the time and witnessed anything suspicious to come forward.

“I would also urge people in the area to check any CCTV cameras they may have in the surrounding area at this time.

“I would also like to ask anyone who might have found the victim’s wallet, or cards to get in touch.”

Farm Close, in Tithe Farm, Houghton Regis

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact DC Jason Wheeler by visiting the police’s online reporting centre or by calling 101, quoting reference number 40/55955/21.

Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111.

  • For advice on crime and burglary prevention visit the Bedfordshire Police website where you can find practical tips and a home security checklist.

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