Warning following theft from letter boxes in Gloucester
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Police in Gloucester are asking residents to be vigilant following the theft of post from letter boxes in Highnam and Longlevens.
Over recent months there have been a number of incidents where post has been stolen and fraudulent bank accounts have subsequently been set up in the victim’s names.
It is believed that two men, who were posting as leaflet droppers, have been arriving at locations in Mercedes saloon vehicles before forcing access to external letter boxes
The reported incidents took place on Cheltenham Road between 3 and 9 September, Manor Park between 26 October and 8 November and Williams Orchard in Highnam earlier this year.
The first man is described as black, aged in his 20s to 40s, was wearing glasses, had a chin strap moustache with goatee, short facial hair and was of a slim, athletic build.
The second man is described as black, aged in his 30s to 40s, had short stubbly facial hair and is of a medium build.
They were both wearing baseball caps.
Both men had been working separately and were using different vehicles. Officers have gathered CCTV footage and enquiries are currently ongoing to identify the vehicles involved.
Advice from Action Fraud around identify theft and fraud can be found here: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/a-z-of-fraud/identity-fraud-and-identity-theft
If you have fallen victim to this please call police on 101 or speak to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. Information can also be submitted online at https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/soh/seen-or-heard/ or https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/reporting-fraud-and-cyber-crime
Anyone who witnessed suspicious activity or knows of the men involved is asked to please complete the following online form quoting the relevant crime number: https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/cor/tell-us-about-existing-case-report/
CR/034229/21 or CR/033938/21: Cheltenham Road
CR/042644/21: Manor Park
CR/21996/21: Williams Orchard in Highnam
Alternatively you can call police on 101 or speak to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.