A CALLOUS thief tricked an elderly man into buying plants which did not exist.
The incident happened at around 2.10pm on Thursday, May 15, when a man approached a house on Maple Crescent in Leigh.
He knocked on the door and when the 84-year-old man opened it he was asked if he wanted to buy some plants for his front yard.
The man agreed and invited the thief into his home where he gave him £80 for the plants.
The offender said he would go back to his van to get the plants, but never returned.
He is described as white, in his late 50s, 5ft 6in tall, of stocky build and had a short back and side haircut.
He spoke with a local accent and was wearing a red coat with a badge on the left hand side.
He was last seen walking in the direction of Bright Street.
Police Constable Chris Waddicar from Wigan police station, said: “It is sickening to think that someone is prepared to carry out such a deliberate and calculated theft on an elderly man.
“The thief came up with a plausible reason to knock on the man’s door and when he agreed a price for the plants he took £80 and never returned.
“I would urge anyone with information about this person or the incident to call us as soon as possible.
“I would also urge residents not to let anyone into their home without first checking they are a legitimate caller. Always ask for identification and if you remain unsure do not let anyone in. If at any point you are fearful then ring the police immediately.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 7963, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.