|Bogus intruiders in Wigan estate
Residents in Wigan are being warned about bogus intruders after two people were targeted within minutes of each other.
The incidents happened in an estate in the Aspull area at lunchtime on Wednesday 15 October 2008.
A man entered the house of the first victim, on St Johns Road, sometime between 12pm and 12.15pm.
He got into the elderly lady's home through the front door that had been left unlocked after an earlier visit from the council.
The man said he was from the council and needed to examine her fence.
During his time inside the house, he managed to distract the woman and left after stealing cash from her.
The offender is described as a white man, tall and slim, with dark coloured hair.
Shortly afterwards, at about 12.40pm, a man knocked on the door of a house on St David's Crescent and said he was from the local council and needed to check the victim's garden.
The victim, a 61-year-old man, let him in but found another man was already waiting in the garden.
The victim grew suspicious and locked both men out of his house. He then went upstairs to find a third man was going through the wardrobe in his bedroom.
He confronted this man, who managed to run down the stairs and get out of the house.
In the meantime, the first man managed to get inside the house, but got out through a window.
On this occasion, the men left empty handed.
The first man, who knocked on the door, is described as having tanned skin, 5ft 7in tall, of stocky build.
There is no description of the second offender, but the third is described as over 6ft tall and wearing a blue top.
Detective Constable John O'Donnell said: "Both of these incidents terrified the residents, whose privacy was invaded by these bogus callers.
"Anyone who can help us find these men should get in touch, but we would like to remind residents that they can avoid being tricked by offenders like these."
Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 0161 856 7255, or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.