Burglars steal cash from Ormskirk couple in their 80s by pretending to be police officers

A group of men who pretended to be police officers stole a "quantity of cash" from an elderly couple in Aughton.

Tuesday, 3rd November 2020, 5:53 pm
Updated Tuesday, 3rd November 2020, 5:56 pm

Four men knocked on the door of a house in the Black Moss Lane area at around 6pm last night (Monday, November 2).

One of the occupants, a woman in her 80s, went to answer the door when the men barged in claiming to be police officers.

The group then took a "quantity of cash" after ransacking the house while the couple was still inside.

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Police are now urging anyone who has any information about the incident to come forward.

DC Kate Finch, from Ormskirk Police, said: "To subject an elderly couple in their eighties to this ordeal, in their own home where they should be and feel safe, is utterly callous. They must have been terrified.

"Thankfully they were not physically injured but they are understandably very shaken up after their ordeal.

"Whilst we know that some money was taken, we are still going through the house to check whether anything else was stolen during the raid."

Four men pretending to be police officers burgled a house in the Black Moss Lane area. (Credit: Google)

The men involved are described as having potentially Irish or Geordie accents, white and were wearing dark clothing and black masks.

One was approximately 6ft tall and aged 30-35, the others were around 20-30 years old and of stocky builds.

DC Finch added: "Whilst we don’t yet know whether this couple were deliberately targeted, we have stepped up patrols in the area and I would encourage anyone with concerns to approach an officer.

"I would also advise people to stop before they answer the door, make sure you have your chain or door bar in place and always check for ID before letting anyone in. If you are not expecting a visitor, do not know who is at the door or feel uncomfortable, do not open the door."

If you have information that may help police call 101 quoting incident reference number 1110 of November 2.

Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555111 or online at https://crimestoppers-uk.org/

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