A young woman conned victims out of money and jewellery in distraction burglaries while pretending to collect cash for charity.

Two burglaries are believed to have been carried out by the woman, the first in Lower, Swaines, Epping, on October 21 and the second in Lushes Road, Loughton on November 7.

In both cases the suspect knocked on the victim’s door claiming to be collecting for a charity for deaf people.

She then either asked to use the toilet or asked for a drink. In one case jewellery was taken and in the other money was stolen.

On each occasion the woman was described by the victims as around 18 or 19 years-old, slim and with short, dark hair.

Essex Police is investigating whether the two incidents are linked due to the similarities in the descriptions of the woman involved and the manner in which the burglaries were carried out.

Officers advised residents in the area to ask any cold callers for identification if they feel uncomfortable and not to feel pressured into letting strangers into their home.

  • Anyone who recognises the description of the woman, has had a similar experience, or has any other information is asked to call DC Ben Elliot at Loughton CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on: 0800 555 111