A 90-year-old pensioner was conned out of her savings by bogus water board officials.
The callous tricksters used the recent floods as a pretext for talking their way into the frail victim’s house and police today urged those with details to come forward to prevent further attacks.
They also issued an e-fit of one of the suspects.
The elderly resident received the unwelcome visit to her home in Coronation Road, Standish Lower Ground at some time between 2pm and 2.30pm on Wednesday September 26.
On that day the Wigan area had been hit with torrential rain and several areas had flooded. The two strangers used this as a way to gain entry to the victim’s home.
When she answered the door one of the men said he was from the “water board” and there had been a burst pipe in the area, meaning the water supply needed turning off. He walked inside and made his way to the kitchen where the victim followed him.
He asked her to turn the taps on and off while another man walked through the open front door and searched the house. Money was stolen and both men left.
One man is described as white, of heavy build, 5ft 10ins tall, in his 40s or 50s, and had short brown hair. He wore cream-coloured trousers and a cream coloured rain mac. He also spoke with a local accent.
His accomplice is described as being white, of slim build, in his 50s and around 6ft tall. He wore a brown jumper with red flecks, dark trousers and had short dark combed back hair.
PC Sean O’Connor based at Wigan Police Station said: “The two men have deliberately targeted the victim given her age and vulnerability. She has lived happily in her home for many year but no longer feels safe living there anymore.
“At the time of the burglary, the area was flooded due to the heavy rain and they used this to convince her that there had been a burst water pipe.
“I would appeal to anyone who was in the area at the time and may have seen the offenders to contact police on 0161 856 9188 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
“These men need to be caught before they have a chance to prey on any further vulnerable victims.”