CCTV plea after bogus water board official conned his way into home of woman (90)

By Antony Clay | 21/09/2017

CCTV plea after bogus water board official conned his way into home of woman (90)

A BOGUS water board official conned his way into the home of a 90-year-old woman.

Police investigating the incident, which happened at a property on Doe Quarry lane, Dinnington, at around 2.20pm on Monday, September 11, have now released CCTV of a man they would like to speak to.

A spokesman said the pensioner answered the back door at her home to a man saying he was from the water board.

He asked the woman for access to her home to check the water, leaving her downstairs while he went upstairs.

After around 20 minutes he left the property.

PC Mark Gaffney said: “Thankfully on this occasion nothing was taken from the woman’s house but this individual’s behaviour is concerning and caused some distress to this elderly resident.

“We’re keen to identify the man pictured in the CCTV images as we believe he could hold vital information.”

“If you’re ever concerned about the identity of someone at your door, always ask to see some ID and don’t hesitate to close and lock your door while you call the water board, or whatever company they’re claiming to be from, to double check.

“A legitimate caller will not be offended at you taking these extra steps to ensure your safety before you let someone into your property.

“It may also be worth sharing this advice with your elderly relatives, friends and neighbours and reporting any suspicious activity to police.”

Anyone who recognises the man in the CCTV image, should call police on 101, quoting incident number 650 of September 11.

Alternatively, people can give information anonymously to Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.

More information on distraction burglary can be found at http://southyorks.police.uk/content/operationliberal.



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