Doorstep trickster claimed to work for the Flying Squad before stealing purse from 95-year-old pensioner
A BURGLAR tricked his way into a 95-year-old woman’s home by claiming he was a police officer.
The offender told the victim he worked for the Flying Squad then helped himself to the hard-of-hearing pensioner’s purse when she went to get a neighbour to help her communicate with him.
The incident happened in Elm’s Avenue, Great Shelford, at about 3pm on Wednesday (August 7).
The man is described as white, about 50, 5ft 10ins tall and stocky. He was cleanly shaven with fairy hair and spoke with a north east accent. He was wearing a light-blue short-sleeved shirt and had a white lanyard around his neck. He was also carrying papers.
PC John Keerie, investigating, said: “This kind of offence is particularly callous because of the vulnerability of the victim.
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“I would urge anyone who recognises the description or has any information, to call police.
“I would also remind residents to be vigilant and always ask for doorstep callers to prove their identity. If you are uncertain about their validity, then do not let them into your house.”
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Anyone with any information should call PC Keerie on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.