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Conmen steal pensioner's savings
Friday 30th April, 2010

An elderly woman had her savings stolen from her home in Wigan by bogus callers.

Between 4pm and 4.30pm on Tuesday 27 April 2010, the 88-year-old woman was at her home on School Lane, Standish, when a white Transit-style van with two ladders on the roof pulled up outside.

A man got out of the passenger side of the van while the driver stayed inside.

The man knocked on the door and asked to talk to her about work needed on the roof so she let him in.

He asked to have a look at the back of the house and, while she was opening the gate, he went back inside the house.

He stole cash, got back in the van and the men drove off.

The man who went into the house is described as white, aged in his early 20s, of medium build, 5ft 7in tall, with light mousey brown short hair. He was wearing a light brown / beige jumper.

The van driver is described as a white man, aged between 35 and 40, of average build with a bald head.

Police Constable Zoe Sajewicz, from the Volume Crime Team based at Wigan Police Station, said: "It is extremely cruel to target one of the older members of our community, someone whom we should respect, and steal from them in this way.

"We are working hard to catch those responsible and if you know something that might help us do that, please contact me.

"While incidents like this are rare, I'd like to remind residents of some things they can do to stop bogus callers in their tracks - always arrange for workers to come by appointment from a reputable company, ask to see their identification and if you are not happy with someone who is on your doorstep call their firm and check they are who they say they are or ask them to come back at another time.

"A genuine caller will never be offended by someone taking these steps to protect themselves."

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

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