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Conmen leave pensioner distraught - Wigan
Friday 14th August, 2009

Conmen tricked their way into the home of a 78-year-old woman and left her badly shaken after stealing cash.

Between 5.20pm and 5.35pm on Thursday 13 August 2009, two men appeared at the back door of the woman's house on Beech Hill Avenue, Wigan.

The victim unlocked the door and one of the pair said he was fitting a kitchen in the street and needed to test the water in the taps. She let them in and one of the men pretended to test the sink and then asked to go to the bathroom and test those taps.

A short time later, the victim went to check the other rooms in the house and saw the other man hiding the bedroom. Panicking, she called her son and the two men fled after stealing about 60 in cash from the pensioner⿿s handbag.

The first man is described as white, about 22-24-years-old, 5ft 9in tall, of a slim build with black hair. He was wearing a black t-shirt and trousers. His accomplice was also white, about 28-29-years-old, about 5ft 10in tall and of an average build. He was wearing a blue t-shirt and blue jeans.

Police in Wigan are now appealing to anyone who has information about the burglary to come forward, and are asking residents in the community to be vigilant.

Detective Sergeant Phil Housley, of the Volume Crime Team based at Wigan said: "We desperately need to catch these men before they strike again and put another elderly woman through such an ordeal. The victim understandably feels distraught that she has been tricked and her home invaded, and I all can say about these two men is that they should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves for preying upon vulnerable, elderly women.

"Quite simply, they must have no conscience.

"I would ask that the community help be our eyes and ears at this time and if they do spot these men operating in the area, please call us straightaway.

"It is so important that people who are confronted by men claiming to be from the 'water board' or electric and gas companies ask for identification before letting them into their homes. A reputable caller will be happy to show this ID and for it to be checked by their employer.

"If everyone follows this advice, we can stop these con artists in their tracks."

Anyone with information should call the Wigan Volume Crime Team on 0161 856 7203 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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