Pensioner victim of wallet theft

Crime story
Crime story

A WIGAN pensioner had his wallet stolen after being duped in a distraction theft.

Witnesses are now being sought and elderly residents are being warned not to open their door to unexpected callers.

The 87-year-old victim - who has not been named - was at home on St Paul’s Avenue, Worsley Mesnes, when a woman knocked on the door between 4pm and 5pm on Sunday, March 23.

Having said she had lost her railcard and needed to use a phone, the resident allowed her inside the property for a drink of water.

After she left, the man noticed his wallet had been stolen from the living room table.

The offender is described as being white, in her early 20s and around 5ft 4in. She was carrying a rucksack and wearing a bob-hat.

PC Daniel Vickers, of Wigan Police, said: “The victim of this crime is elderly and vulnerable and is understandably very shaken by the event. We are urging people not to open the door if they are not expecting visitors.

“We’re asking anyone who may know who is responsible for this robbery or who may have seen a woman acting suspiciously in the area to contact police immediately.”

Anyone with information should call 0161 856 7124 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.