WORKMEN with Irish accents duped a pensioner into handing over £200.
Detectives are appealing for information after the bogus workmen called at the pensioner’s home.
At about 2pm last Wednesday, the woman, living in a street off Woodlands Road in Cleadon, returned home to find three men, believed to have Irish accents, painting a neighbour’s garage.
One of the men offered to do some painting for the woman, who paid £200 cash in advance.
The men left before finishing the job and the pensioner later discovered some of her jewellery was missing from her home. Seven rings are believed to have been stolen.
The only other information is that the men are believed to be using a white van, possibly a Transit size.
Police are keen to hear from anyone who was in the area on Wednesday afternoon or who may have been offered rings for sale.
The incident follows a spate of hoax call incidents in Sunderland where elderrly residents have been tricked or conned into handing over cash.
Police are reminding people to be on their guard in regards to unannounced workmen asking for cash in advance. If they’re in any doubt about their identity people should not let strangers into their home.
Anyone with any information should contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 or alternatively Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Further information about bogus callers is available on the northumbria police website www.northumbria.police.u