Pensioner (80) tricked by bogus caller

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A CALLOUS conman tricked his way into an 80-year-old man’s house in Simonstone and stole a large amount of cash.

Detectives are now asking elderly people, especially those living alone, to be on their guard following the “distraction burglary”, which happened at around 12 p.m. on Wednesday, July 6th, at Harewood Avenue.

The bogus man walked down the drive way and knocked on the door. The victim answered and the offender told him that he had weeded his garden and cut down some branches and he needed £170 for the “work” carried out.

The victim went inside to get the money and handed over £170. The bogus caller then asked to use the toilet and returned to tell the man that his toilet was overflowing.

While the elderly man was upstairs looking at the toilet, the offender stole the rest of the money before leaving the house. Police believe he may have left the scene in a car.

The bogus caller is described as a white man, in his late 30s, early 40s with a local accent, around 5ft 7ins. to 5ft 8ins tall with shaved head and of medium build. He was possibly wearing a grey seat shirt which looked like work clothes.

Det. Sgt Nigel Watson, of Clitheroe CID, is investigating the distraction burglary. He said: “I would appeal to anyone who witnessed what happened or saw anyone acting suspiciously to come forward and contct police.”