Police in Sheffield have released CCTV images of three men who they believe may have information about a number of bogus official investigations reported in May this year.
Sometime between 2.50 and 3pm on Tuesday 1 May, the owner of a property on Lister Crescent reported a man claiming to be a police officer had requested to check if any money was kept in the property, as a number of burglaries had been reported in the area.
The owner became suspicious and asked the man to leave. No cash was stolen in the incident.
At around 4.30pm on Tuesday 1 May, it was reported two men posing as police officers had attended a property on Eskdale Road, Sheffield, claiming to be investigating the use of counterfeit money.
The men stated they needed to seize any remaining money in the house as part of the investigation. A large quantity of cash was stolen in the incident.
On Thursday 3 May, at 9.30am, the owner of a property on Sheffield Road, Woodhouse, contacted police to report a man purporting to be a police officer had begun asking the owner about cash that was kept at the property. Again, the owner became suspicious of this activity and refused to provide any information.
This was followed by three further incidents reported between 11am-1pm that day (3 May). At 11am it was reported a property on Daresbury Road had been visited by man who stated he was investigating tax evasion and needed to see bank books and any cash that was kept in the house. Due to the man being challenged to provide ID, he left the property.
At around 11.30am, on Hallamgate Road, an elderly victim reported being taken to a cash machine by a man who claimed he was a police officer. The man stated he needed the victim to provide a quantity of cash as part of an investigation.
Later that day, at 1.30pm, a woman reported a man investigating fraud had requested to see any cash in the property on Grove Road. A large quantity of cash was stolen in the incident.
The following day police received a similar report by the owner of a property on Rowburn Drive at 3.20pm. A quantity of cash was again stolen.
Between 11.30am-12pm on Friday 11 May, it was reported a man had gone to a property on Littlewood Drive, demanding to see any cash in the house as part of an ongoing investigation. Nothing was taken in the incident.
An investigation has been ongoing into all of the reported incidents and officers are now appealing to identify the men pictured.
Officers would like to encourage all members of the public to be extra vigilant when answering the door to people they don’t know, to always ask for proof of ID and to contact 101 if they have any concerns.
If you recognise these men or have any information that can assist officers with their enquiries, please report it via 101 quoting incident number 679 of 1 May. Anonymous information can also be given to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.