Bogus Police Officers Handcuffed West Hill Resident

Images released of men sought in connection with aggravated burglary

Two of the men sought in connection with aggravated burglary in West Hill
Two of the men sought in connection with aggravated burglary in West Hill

CCTV images have been released of men sought in connection of two incidents of burglary that are believed to be linked.

On Wednesday, 6 January at around 6.15pm a West Hill resident received a knock on the door. When they answered, they found three men claiming to be police officers with a warrant. The men handcuffed the occupant and stole cash before leaving the victim handcuffed..

The second incident took place on Friday, 8 January at around 10am. Two men dressed in black with baseball caps and masks attempted to force entry into a property on Ennerdale Road, Kew. The men were disturbed by neighbours and when questioned, claimed to be police officers. After failing to gain entry into the property, the men walked away in the direction of Kew Village.

Detective Constable Arron Hadaway, investigating the incidents, said, “We are currently treating these incidents as linked and are keen to hear from anyone who has information concerning the identity of the suspects, or who may have witnessed any part of these incidents, but has not yet come forward.

Close ups of the two men sought in connection with West Hill burglary
Close ups of the two men sought in connection with West Hill burglary

“If you think you may have been approached by these suspects claiming to be officers, or if you have any information which may help with our enquiries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.”

Suspects claimed to be police officers with warrant
Suspects claimed to be police officers with warrant

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Tweet @MetCC quoting 5618/6JAN.

To remain 100% anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit

In the event a police officer needs to speak with you, if they are not in uniform they will identify themselves clearly by showing you their warrant card. This is proof of their identity and authority. If you want to verify their identity, you can ask for their warrant number and then phone 101 to check they are who they claim to be. A genuine warrant card will have a hologram and the signature of the Commissioner - not the holder.

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