Bogus caller burglars posing as police officers targeted a home in Littleham, prompting an appeal for information and witnesses.
Devon and Cornwall Police said a bogus caller burglary was reported at a property in Jarvis Close, Exmouth, between 8.15pm and 8.45pm, on Wednesday, January 29.
Officers were called to a second report of a burglary at the Clinton Arms pub, also in Littleham, on the same evening at around 7.45pm.
Devon and Cornwall Police wants to hear from anyone with working CCTV in the areas of the two crimes.
A police spokesperson said: “We are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information in connection with two reports of burglaries which took place in Exmouth.
“A bogus caller burglary took place at a property in Jarvis Close between 8.15pm and 8:45pm on Wednesday 29 January 2020.
“It is believed that the suspects purported to be police, no items were stolen.
“The other report of burglary took place to a pub in Maer Lane, Exmouth, at approximately 7.45pm on the same evening. The suspects were disturbed and left. No items were stolen.
“Please be vigilant, secure your property at all times and do not allow strangers in to your property, no matter how plausible.
“If you have a cold caller you are suspicious of please phone 999.”
The Clinton Arms shared the news of the pub’s burglary on social media, saying the culprits scaled a flat roof to reach a fire escape and gain entry to the private flat of landlord and landlady, Dale and Sue Dearden.
The burglars, who gained entry to a bedroom, were disturbed and fled down Maer Lane when Mr Dearden went upstairs to the flat.
Footprints thought to have been left at the scene by the suspects were examined by scenes of crime officers.
The pub’s post on social media said: “If they had not been disturbed, then the next room they would have made their way to was where the landlady was relaxing watching TV alone.”
It continued: “We are very pleased to confirm that nobody was physically injured during this attempt, nor was anything taken and no damage to the property.
“We have now completely upgraded our security – CCTV, alarms and physical deterrents – and installed a number of new additions to the property to ensure the premises are as secure as is possible.”
If you have any information to help police, or CCTV from the Littleham area call 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting crime CR/008669/20 or CR/008621/20.