This message is dated Wednesday 27th March 2019 - Maidenhead
Alert message sent 27/03/2019 17:44:00
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This message is dated Wednesday 27th March 2019 for Maidenhead.
FIRST: WE HAVE HAD 2 DISTRACTION BURGLARIES IN OLD WINDSOR. I UNDERSTAND THERE HAVE BEEN SEVERAL OTHERS IN NEIGHBOURING POLICE AREAS, USING THE OLD WATERBOARD / BOILER / WATER PRESSURE MO. We haven’t had any distraction burglaries for a very long time, then we get two in a single day - next door neighbours.
26/3 Tuesday 4.15 p.m. X 2. DISTRACTION BURGLARY. 1. The aggrieved was cold called by two men, who rang her doorbell. They said a neighbour’s boiler had burst, causing their house to flood. They were visiting the neighbours, to check if their water pressure was ok. She was asked to run water into buckets and cups with one man, while the other went into the bathroom’ to do the same. He also went to a neighbour’s flat, saying the same. A cheque book was stolen from one and jewellery from the other. In the first house the man offered to get e skip as there was a lot of items in the house. He said it would cost £1,000. The aggrieved said she did not have that amount and after about 45 minutes, both men left. They drove off at speed in a silver car. They are described as 1. Young man, white, late 20s, he looked possibly European. 5’10’’, regular build, dark brown hair, wearing a long sleeved blue jumper and dark coloured trousers. 2nd man, in his 50s, large with a big stomach, grey coloured hair, brushed back wearing a long sleeve dark jumper, dark trousers with a south of England local accent.
NEXT: We have some very professional Dippers (Pick Pockets) very active in Maidenhead at the moment. As we mount operations against them, they will be displaced, to other town centres. Please be on your guard, make sure your handbags are worn across the body, under any coat. Shoulder beach type bags, which are very fashionable at the moment are really vulnerable, particularly if you push them behind your arm to the back !
Be aware of who is around you at all times - no-one should come into your personal space - use shop window reflections, for example. Walk tall, remain alert and confident, looking around you generally. Dippers look for poor posture, people who are distracted and ‘victims’.
RIVERSIDE & BELMONT:
25/4 - 26/3 Monday 8 p.m. / Tuesday 7 a.m. Ray Park Avenue. Car window smashed and LAPTOP stolen from the passenger seat. Please see the advice re tracker systems on Laptops !!!
MAIDENHEAD WEST email@example.com BISHAM, COOKHAM, HURLEY, THE WALTHAMS, LITTLEWICK GREEN & KNOWL HILL:
25/3 - 26/3 Monday 4.50 a.m. / 5.15 a.m. Nursing Home, Spring Lane, Cookham Dean. Shed breaks - locks removed from 6 sheds. Garden tools stolen.
25/3 Monday 5.30 p.m. Jubilee Road. Littlewick Green. the aggrieved’s car is being sold through Autotrader. Someone came to look at the car and while the aggrieved was distracted, put oil in the coolant tank and sprayed oil into the exhaust. When they went for a test drive, they were followed by a cloud of smoke. When we got back they wanted to buy the car at a huge discount because of possible engine problems. It took a long time to get them to go and the aggrieved now has to have the car coolant system drained and cleaned, which is going to be very expensive. BE ON YOUR GUARD IF SELLING A CAR, THIS IS A COMMON TRICK.
PINKNEYS GREEN & FURZE PLATT:
26/3 Tuesday 11.55 p.m. Sandringham Road. The caller reported seeing the shadow of a suspicious man in their front garden. The police attended immediately and heard noises from the back. A man was fence hopping. They went next door until they flushed him out and he made off into the main road. Our officers were joined by Slough officers and a containment was put on. A man was found and arrested for being on enclosed premises. This was a brilliant job and was a perfect example of cross border co-operation.
25/3 - 26/3 Monday 8.30 p.m. / Tuesday 7.30 a.m. Marlborough Road. The owner’s exhaust was very loud and they thought it may have a hole, so they took it to a garage, who informed them, they whole exhaust system had been cut off and stolen ! - usually for the Catalytic Converter.
MAIDENHEAD SOUTH firstname.lastname@example.org BOYN HILL, COX GREEN & WOODLANDS PARK:
24/3 - 25/3 Sunday 8 p.m. / Monday 9.30 a.m. Audley Drive. Aerials removed from several cars.
26/3 Tuesday 7.15 p.m. / 9.50 p.m. Restaurant Car Park, Windsor Road. Car broken into and MOBILE PHONES X 2, HOUSE KEYS AND A LAPTOP STOLEN. AGAIN - please remember the Tracker software.
OLDFIELD & BRAY: NO CRIME TO REPORT.
The 101 number is still functioning properly, but I am afraid it may be slow to answer at the moment - if you are experiencing delays, you can always make contact with us using the online reporting system: