31 May 2018

Two men enter Melba home pretending to be from Child Youth Protection Services

| Lachlan Roberts
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Police are seeking witnesses after two men visited a Melba home claiming to be from the Child Youth Protection Services on Sunday afternoon (27 May).

About 3:30 pm, two men visited a Melba home and told the sole occupant they were from Child Youth Protection Services (CYPS). The two men, who were in their mid 30’s, left about 15 minutes later without incident.

Checks revealed the men were not employees of CYPS and that they had gained entry to the residence under false pretences.

Police said the men are described as Caucasian in appearance, in their mid-30’s, spoke with Australian accents and were well dressed.

Police would like to remind the public that CYPS representatives will always introduce themselves and show photographic identification.

A similar incident took place at a Queanbeyan residence earlier this year.

On 9 February, a man and a woman attended a home in Karabar, near Queanbeyan and spoke to a mother who was home with two babies, claiming to be FACS caseworkers.

The woman became suspicious of the visit and contacted Queanbeyan FACS who confirmed they had no record of the visit from any of their caseworkers and the matter was reported to police.

Police are urging anyone who may have any information on either incident to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website.

Please quote reference 6270716. Information can be provided anonymously.

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