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Callous con man fleeces £250 from elderly victim

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 24, 2014

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A CON artist fleeced hundreds of pounds from an elderly man after tricking his way into the man’s home and stealing bank cards.

An unidentified 82-year-old man allowed the callous thief into his home in Hillside, Tutbury, at about 5.30pm on Saturdy after he showed seemingly valid identification cards.

But the conman stole credit card cards which he then used to take £250 from a Lloyds TSB cashpoint in the village High Street.

Inspector Rob Neeson (pictured), who is based at Burton Police Station, has appealed for vulnerable people never to let strangers into their home without an appointment.

He said: “I would remind people and their families about the dangers of letting people in when they have not got an appointment.

“If someone if knocking on their door, even if they have ID, then don’t open it straight away, ideally they should always make appointment.”

The crook is believed to be a 6ft tall white man of medium build.

He wore a black jacket with a black logo and grey trousers.

Insp Neeson said that he believed the theft to be a one-off, but added that elderly people should always err on the side of caution.

He said: “It’s an unusual occurance in this area.

“But if people are unsure then they should never let them in but call us instead.

“It’s far better for us to be able to verify their identification then have these sort of offences.

“This type of crime can really damage the trust these people have.

“Imagine what it would be like if this was your grandparent?

“A lot of that generation still have that trust but crimes like this destroys that.”

Anyone who thinks they may have seen the offender should call the police on 101.

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