Pensioner is duped by bogus officer

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A CALLOUS trickster stole two wallets from a Wigan home having posed as a police officer to gain entry.

Police have issued a warning and are appealing for witnesses after the man said he needed to check the property because of a recent break-in in the area.

A 75-year-old woman allowed the man into the house at the address at the Bungalows in Bryn on Saturday November 30 at just before 3.30pm.

PC Karen Meyrick said: “This woman was duped by a bogus police officer, a person she thought she could trust.

“It is important to be cautious when opening the door to anyone who you don’t know.

“Put the chain on the door, ask them for identification and what they want.”

Having been let into the house, the bogus officer said checks needed to be done on the property.

He asked the homeowner to check her money at which point she went to her bedroom and returned to say the money was safe.

He then asked her to check her windows and while she did he went into the bedroom, stole the two wallets and promptly left the property.

The offender is described as a white man with slick black hair, he had a long forehead, was of medium build and about 5ft 6in tall, aged in his 20s.

He spoke with an Irish accent.

PC Meyrick issued advice and said cold-callers should be treated with caution.

She said: “People without an appointment or identification should be treated as suspicious.

“Don’t let them in your home, tell them to go away and don’t be afraid to call the police if you have any concerns.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.