POLICE have renewed their appeal for information after a man tricked his way into the home of an 84-year-old woman in the Ribble Valley and stole her handbag.
Between 4-15 p.m. and 4-30 p.m. on Sunday, August 21st, a man called at the woman’s home in Portland Road, Langho, purporting to be doing work on water pipes in the area.
He told her he had been sent to check on people’s radiators and requested access to her hme, telling her he had visited other houses as well.
The woman allowed the man inside where he proceeded to check the radiators and told her they needed some work.
He said she needed to pay him £90 towards the cost of the repairs, however the money would be refunded in two days, saying he would return.
The woman took the money out of her bag and gave it to the man at which point he said he needed to go back to his boss.
He left the house taking her handbag containing two wallets with a total of £500 in cash inside.
The man is described as white, aged in his 40s, of broad build with greying hair that came to just below his ear.
He spoke with a local accent and was wearing a dark coloured, long sleeved top and dark trousers and dark shoes.
Police have released an evo-fit of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the incident.
DC Jo Galeski said: “This man specifically targeted a vulnerable, elderly woman and we need to make sure he doesn’t strike again.
“I would appeal to anybody who recognises the man in the evo-fit to contact police. I am also keen to hear from anybody in the area who may have seen this man on the day in question.
“Finally, I would like to speak to anybody else who thinks they may have been targeted in the same way.”
Anybody with any information is asked to call police on 08451 25 35 45 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.