Conman targets pensioner (84)

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ELDERLY residents, especially those living alone, are being warned by police to be on their guard after a conman stole a large amount of cash from an 84-year-old woman.

The “distraction burglary” took place between 4-15 and 4-30 p.m. on Sunday. The pensioner was conned by a man who turned up at her house in Portland Road, Langho, claiming to be a water engineer. He said he had to carry out some external water repairs near the victim’s house and then made his way inside the house claiming that he needed to check her radiators.

Once inside, the offender made a search of every room in the house before asking her for a payment, which he claimed would be refunded. He then stole her handbag, which contained £500.

Police have described the conman as white, in his 40s, with a local accent, and with dark, short, cropped possibly greying hair. He was of medium build and was wearing dark coloured clothing.

Det. Cons. Jo Galeski, of Clitheroe CID, said: “This is a despicable type of crime where elderly and vulnerable people are targeted by callous criminals.

“We would appeal to witnesses who may have seen the man or noticed anything suspicious at the time of the incident, to come forward. We are also urging elderly residents to be on their guard and not to allow strangers into their homes.”

Anyone with information is urged to call Clitheroe Police on 443344 or the free and confidential Crimestoppers line on 0800 555111.