Cruel conman grabbed £900 cash from Haslingden woman, 95

Lancashire Telegraph: The cruel conman is being hunted The cruel conman is being hunted

THIS is the face of a man suspected of conning a 95-year-old woman out of £900 in a doorstep con.

Police have released an Evofit image of a man in his late 20s who is thought to have struck in Manchester Road, Haslingden.

Officers said the con artist called at the woman’s property and offered to carry out a minor repair to her roof, in exchange for £40.

He claimed he had noticed that the work needed doing and the victim agreed, leading him upstairs to retrieve the agreed fee. But officers said he then asked to use the toilet, and slipped away to steal £900 from the pensioner’s black leather purse.

The pair then went outside and he told her to put the kettle on while he left to make a start on the job. However, he never returned and the victim discovered the theft and reported it to police. PC Graham Phillips, of Rossendale Police, said: “The victim in this case is very conscious with regard to bogus officials but sadly was still duped by this man .

“I would urge people to take a close look at the Evofit and if anybody recognises the man or thinks they have any information that could assist us to make contact.

“I’d remind residents never to agree to have any work done as a result of a cold call. Don’t make snap decisions and don’t be pressurised into having the job done. Any suspicious activity should be reported to police immediately.”

The theft happened at around 9am on Tuesday, November 26.

The man is said to be aged 27 to 30, of medium build and clean-shaven. He was wearing a black jacket and a black woolly hat and spoke with a local accent.

Witnesses 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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12:41pm Tue 17 Dec 13

rudis_dad says...

Whilst this is a despicable crime, what on earth is a 95-year-old, who lives on her own, doing with £900 in cash in her handbag? I'm always amazed at the vast amounts of cash that some fairly doddery old folk carry around with them - I witnessed two old dears in my bank last week withdraw £600 and £500 in cash respectively. In an ideal world anyone should be able to carry any amount of cash around with them without fear of being robbed or conned out of it, but this isn't an ideal world as this tale shows.
Whilst this is a despicable crime, what on earth is a 95-year-old, who lives on her own, doing with £900 in cash in her handbag? I'm always amazed at the vast amounts of cash that some fairly doddery old folk carry around with them - I witnessed two old dears in my bank last week withdraw £600 and £500 in cash respectively. In an ideal world anyone should be able to carry any amount of cash around with them without fear of being robbed or conned out of it, but this isn't an ideal world as this tale shows. rudis_dad

2:21pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Biggy12 says...

rudis_dad wrote:
Whilst this is a despicable crime, what on earth is a 95-year-old, who lives on her own, doing with £900 in cash in her handbag? I'm always amazed at the vast amounts of cash that some fairly doddery old folk carry around with them - I witnessed two old dears in my bank last week withdraw £600 and £500 in cash respectively. In an ideal world anyone should be able to carry any amount of cash around with them without fear of being robbed or conned out of it, but this isn't an ideal world as this tale shows.
How do you know she lived on her own??
So you seen 2 old dears drawing money from a bank so what,it is the festive period,that's what (old) folk do as they've sometimes a quite a few family members.Anyway I agree we should be able to carry cash etc without the fear of theft etc but that's not the case.I hope this little reprobate gets jailed an bullied everyday whilst in jail....he's a total SCUMBAG imo....95yr old,the local folk should come together an not rest till this dirty little rat is doing his jail sentence
[quote][p][bold]rudis_dad[/bold] wrote: Whilst this is a despicable crime, what on earth is a 95-year-old, who lives on her own, doing with £900 in cash in her handbag? I'm always amazed at the vast amounts of cash that some fairly doddery old folk carry around with them - I witnessed two old dears in my bank last week withdraw £600 and £500 in cash respectively. In an ideal world anyone should be able to carry any amount of cash around with them without fear of being robbed or conned out of it, but this isn't an ideal world as this tale shows.[/p][/quote]How do you know she lived on her own?? So you seen 2 old dears drawing money from a bank so what,it is the festive period,that's what (old) folk do as they've sometimes a quite a few family members.Anyway I agree we should be able to carry cash etc without the fear of theft etc but that's not the case.I hope this little reprobate gets jailed an bullied everyday whilst in jail....he's a total SCUMBAG imo....95yr old,the local folk should come together an not rest till this dirty little rat is doing his jail sentence Biggy12

9:23pm Tue 17 Dec 13

HelmshoreMan2010 says...

Right or wrong for having that much money in cash I hope they catch the person who did this!

It's about time paper cash was scrapped completely, at least it could stop petty thefts and leave us to just get screwed over from miles away!
Right or wrong for having that much money in cash I hope they catch the person who did this! It's about time paper cash was scrapped completely, at least it could stop petty thefts and leave us to just get screwed over from miles away! HelmshoreMan2010

7:27pm Wed 18 Dec 13

glossopkid says...

What a sickening act!
What a sickening act! glossopkid

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