‘It’s real’, say police as burglary e-fit goes viral

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POLICE have issued this rather bizarre e-fit of a man they are looking for in connection with a distraction burglary in Stratford-upon-Avon.

It is of a man with a particularly wide mouth – and it has gone viral on social media.

The e-fit was posted on the Warwickshire Police website, as well as its Twitter and Facebook pages at 2pm..

By 6pm it had had been retweeted 3,000 times and attracted almost 800 comments.

On Facebook it has been shared 1,200 times and drawn over 1,700 comments.

The force posted a comment itself that read: “We can confirm that this is real and that we anticipated the attention!

“But jokes aside, it was created from a description provided and it’s serious as a woman was victim of a horrible crime. Hopefully the attention will mean we identify the offender/bring him to justice quicker”

Police said the burglary itself happened sometime between 2pm and 2.36pm on 5th February, when two men claiming to be from Orbit Housing tricked their way into a flat in Hertford Place.

As one of the men distracted the occupant – a woman in her 40s – the other man searched the property.

When the victim realised what they were doing she ordered them to leave. The men left with a quantity of cash.

Officers are asking anyone with information to call 101 quoting incident 220 of 5 February 2018. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org