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Appeal to identify burglar who pretended to be police officer in Newham

Police are appealing to identify the man in the image (credit: Met Police)

CCTV images have been released of a wanted burglar who posed as a police officer in Newham.

The man stole £1,700 from an elderly couple during a distraction burglary on Wednesday, 10 February.

After knocking on the couple’s door at around 2pm, the suspect introduced himself as “Officer Adam Morrison” using a fake lanyard and warrant card.

He tricked his way into their home by leading the couple to believe that he was investigating a fraud from 2020, which they had been victims of a few months before.

Police believe this previous incident was conducted by the same man.

The suspect claimed that some counterfeit cash, which needed to be seized as part of the investigation, was inside their house.

After gaining entry, the burglar found £1,700 and told the victims that they were legally not allowed to keep more than £1,000 of cash in their house so it would have to be taken to the police station.

The suspect called a car which he claimed to be an ‘unmarked police car’ which would take all of them to the station for an interview.

As the victims were getting ready, he escaped with the money via a black car with false plates.

It had a registration of OY55NFF and ANPR cameras suggest it could be a Volvo.

The suspect is described as a white man, aged around 30 years old, approximately 5ft 9ins tall with dark, curly hair.

Police have released CCTV images of the man they’re looking to identify. 

Anybody with information, or who may know this man, is asked to call police on 101 or tweet @MetCC providing the reference CAD 3571/10FEB21.

Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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