North Yorkshire Police is appealing for CCTV, doorbell and dash-cam footage in the Malton area following a report which appears to involve bogus police officers.
The incident happened on Newsham Lane in the village of Great Habton, near Malton, at around 3am on Sunday (13 August 2023).
A man was sleeping in his car in a layby when he was woken by two men in a dark-coloured people carrier who claimed to be police officers.
The driver of the people carrier remained in the vehicle, but the passenger got out and asked the man to open the boot and passenger door of his car.
It is believed the suspects then pretended to run the vehicle’s details through the police database before stating the man’s car was not the one they were looking for.
They drove off in the direction of Great Barugh, which means they headed towards either Pickering or Kirkbymoorside. Police are also checking the A64 route between Malton and York for possible sightings and movement of the vehicle.
The man who got out of the people carrier is described as white, aged in his mid-20s, around 6ft tall, large build, and he was wearing a black hooded top and dark tracksuit bottoms.
Extensive police enquiries are ongoing to identify the suspects and the vehicle they were travelling in.
How to help the police
- Call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 4
- Contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via the website
- Quote reference number NYP-13082023-0063
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