Conman makes theft from Sunderland home

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POLICE are appealing for information after a conman tricked his way into a house.

It happened at 9.30am yesterday at an address on Lumley Terrace, Ryhope.

A man called at the property claiming to be a builder and said that the occupant’s roof needed repaired as it was leaking. He said this would cost an amount of money which the householder went inside to retrieve.

The fake builder also entered the property, stole a quantity of cash and made off.

He is described as white, 5ft 9ins tall, of thin build, with short mousey hair and was wearing a red jacket. He was driving a maroon van with bits of grey on it and a roof rack.

Detective sergeant Graeme Flaxen said: “Our enquiries are continuing today to trace the individual responsible for this offence.

“We want to remind residents to take care when answering their door to strangers and if anyone comes to your door who you’re unsure about, you should not let them inside your home. Always ask to see identification - genuine callers will not mind.

“If you are in any doubt as to who they are, then don’t let them in your home and contact the police straight away.

“We’ll always come and check callers out and make sure they’re not trying to commit offences or target vulnerable people.

“I’d urge anyone with information on this incident to come forward.”

•People can contact police on 101, extension 69191, quoting log number 350 07/10/14, or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.