Woman, 80, duped by devious pair

Crime story
Crime story

AN 80-year-old woman was the victim of a distraction burglary in Golborne.

At 8.40pm on Tuesday (November 25), a man knocked on the back door of the woman’s home on Lowton Road, claiming there had been had been an explosion.

He told her he had to come in and check the radiators and asked her to stay in the kitchen to fill pots and pans with water. As she was distracted, the man let another offender through the front door.

The second man searched the house before stealing a small safe containing money and a pearl worth £2,000. Both men then left.

One of the offenders is described as being white, suntanned, in his 20s, 5ft 6in tall, of slim build, clean shaven, wore a black woollen hat, dark jacket and spoke with a local accent.

Detective Constable Stuart Woodhead said: “The man convinced his victim an explosion had taken place and he needed to be let in. Believing he was genuinely trying to help her, she let him in. Unbeknown to her, another man was stealing money and a pearl that was given to her by her brother almost 40 years ago.

“She is understandably devastated this item of jewellery has been taken and is desperate for its safe return.

I would ask anyone who may have seen two men acting suspiciously in the Lowton Road area to call us.”

Anyone with information should phone police on 0161 856 7225 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.