City and Holbeck CID is urging south Leeds residents to guard against becoming a victim of a burglary involving criminals posing as utility company workers, following a ‘near miss’ in Beeston last week.
An address on Wesley Garth was visited at 10.40am on Wednesday by two men who rang the door bell and asked the 86-year-old resident to check the drains.
One of the men entered the address and began searching property while the resident was distracted by the second man.
However, the first man was confronted by the resident’s son, who had been asleep in bed. The man then went into the bathroom and turned on a tap before leaving.
Nothing was taken in the incident.
The first man is described as white, in his late thirties, of slim build, with short dark hair and full facial stubble. He wore a dark tracksuit top which was zipped up and dark tracksuit bottoms or jeans.
Detective Inspector Joanne Morgan said: “Utility companies will rarely call at your home unannounced, and if you have any concerns about callers at the door you must keep them locked out and contact the police immediately.”
Anyone who witnessed the two men at the property on Wesley Garth, or has information which can assist enquiries, is asked to contact PC Justine Webster on 0845 6060606.