Thief rings doorbell before forcing his way into Hemel home

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A thief rang the doorbell of a home to check if anyone was in and when he did not get an answer forced the front door open.

But to the burglar’s surprise the householder - a man in his 30s - was home and chased the crook out of his property in Horton Gardens, Hemel Hempstead, on Monday, March 4 at around 8.30pm.

The thief - a white man aged in his mid-20s to early 30s, of medium build, between 5ft 7ins and 5ft 9ins tall and wearing a dark coloured baseball cap - snatched a purse and a set of car keys and ran off into Cupid Green Lane where he got into a waiting getaway car.

On the following day, a man - described as mixed race, aged in his mid-20s to early 30s, of stocky build with heavy facial stubble and wearing a dark blue hooded top - was seen close to the victim’s car. Police believe he was planning to steal it.

Anyone with information is asked to contact assistant investigator Kevin Deudon via the Herts Police non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference number D1/13/1374. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.