Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Stairlift conman targets woman, 81

A KIND-hearted pensioner made a cup of coffee for a visitor - who then he stole her money.

The 81-year-old woman invited the conman, who wore a hard hat and hi-visibility jacket, into her home on Derbyshire Lane West, in Stretford, after he claimed to have an appointment to fix her stairlift.

He asked for a drink and she made him a cup of coffee, which he drank and left, saying he would return to 'sort' the equipment.

She later realised he had taken cash from the living room while she was in the kitchen.

Police say the conman was white, aged 30 to 40, 6ft and slim. He was clean-shaven.

Pc Stuart Foy said: "The man clearly tricked his victim into believing that he was genuine and left her his victim feeling cheated.

"We are appealing to anyone with information that could help us. Maybe there are other people who have been approached by a man who can seemingly talk his way into people's houses."

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 7635 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.