Elderly lady targeted by bogus caller

TRICK THIEF: Police are searching for a man who matches this description following the theft from a Durham pensioner in her home.
TRICK THIEF: Police are searching for a man who matches this description following the theft from a Durham pensioner in her home.
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THIS smiling thief stole cash from a pensioner after tricking her into thinking he was a council worker.

The bogus caller targeted the woman, who is in her 80s, at her home in the Sands area of Durham.

She let him into the kitchen, where they chatted for a few minutes, and he then left.

But the woman later noticed drawers in the bedroom had been rifled through and an amount of money taken.

Although the victim did not see a second person, police believe two people may have visited the property.

Detective Constable Malcolm Bell, of Durham City CID, said: “We would urge people to look closely at the e-fit and contact us if they have any information about the identity of this individual.

“We would also ask for anyone who was in the area at the time and noticed anything suspicious to get in touch.

“Crimes of this nature are very distressing for the victims who are usually elderly or vulnerable.

“We would remind all homeowners to be vigilant in checking the identity of anyone who cold calls at their home.

“All legitimate workers will be happy to show their credentials so their identity can be checked with the company they are claiming to work for.

“The advice is simple – if you are in any doubt don’t let them in and contact the police.”

The man who called at the house is described as white, in his late 20s to early 30s, slim and about 5ft 8in to 5ft 9ins tall, with blue eyes. He was clean shaven with short brown hair.

The man is said to have spoken with a London accent and is described as well-presented, wearing grey trousers and a blue and white striped shirt.

The incident happened at about 1pm last Wednesday (MAY 16).

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.