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Bogus official preys on elderly couple
Friday 16th November, 2012

A man stole money from an elderly couple in Wigan.

At 2pm on Thursday 15 November 2012, a man knocked on the door of the 78-year-old man and 75-year-old woman’s home on Chorley Road, Standish, claiming there had been an emergency down the road and they needed to let him in so he could turn off their stop cock and check their pipes.

They let him inside and told them to fill some pans with water in case their supply was off for some time.

A short time later, the man left.

Later that afternoon, the victim’s discovered their bedroom had been searched and cash had been taken.

The man is described as being white, 5ft 9in tall, in his mid 30s with dark slicked back hair. He was smartly dressed and wore a dark jacket and trousers.

Police Constable Sophie Roberts from the Volume Crime Team said: “The victims grew suspicious when the man did not come back to turn on their water supply and checked the house to see if anything had been stolen. It was at this point he realised an amount of money had been taken.

“The day before the burglary, the same victim’s were approached by a man with a Liverpool accent and driving a white van. He offered to do work on their chimney which was completed but to a very poor standard. They had paid him and asked for a receipt to which he said he would post one but they still have not received it. At this moment in time we are unsure whether both incidents are linked and are urging members of the community to remain vigilant.

“We believe there may have been a second person with the smartly dressed man with witnesses describing him as being white, in his 30s, with a round face, shaved head and wore a grey fleece.

“I would ask anyone who have seen these men or believe they may have fallen victim to a similar crime to contact police as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information should phone police on 0161 856 7203 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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