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Halloween distraction Burglary

Alert message sent 02/11/2019 20:17:00

Information sent on behalf of West Mids Police

Dear Residents of Bilston,

As you're all aware we are now into the period of Halloween and Fireworks night, West Midlands Police term this period as Mischief Week.

We often receive reports ranging from dangerous usage of fireworks to children Trick or Treating.

Unfortunately this week, Trick or Treat has taken a more sinister turn and there's been an incident where by a group which included a small child in a push chair, another two children and 2 to 3 youths knocking on the door of a resident in Temple Street, Bradley and through distracting the resident by requesting chocolate for the small child, they have managed to enter the victims property and steal her car keys, then later drive the car off.

It's believed the suspects may have been wearing Halloween costumes.

I don't mean to frighten people and I know Halloween has passed, but that's not say that these offenders won't try the same kind of tactics again.

The incident occurred on Thursday 31st October between the times of 19:30hrs and 20:00hrs, if you know anything about this, or witnessed a group in the area that fit the above description then please contact the police on 101 straight away and will look into your report. Please don't worry if who and what you saw turns out to be nothing suspicious, you won't be criticised.

Also in future, if you encounter a group like this with a similar method and they appear to be suspicious, please call us on 999.

On a brighter note officers have arrested a number of suspects who have been charged and who were thought to have be involved in distraction burglaries throughout the Black country area last month.

I hope you enjoy this fireworks week.

Kind regards PCSO 31005 Gavin chandler.

Bilston North & East Neighbourhood Police Team.
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Gavin Chandler (Police,PCSO,Wolverhampton)

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