/ Man steals cash from elderly woman returning home - Mossley

A man pretending to be a concerned neighbour duped an elderly woman and stole cash from her.

Sometime between 3.30pm and 4pm on Saturday 5 January 2013, the 92-year-old woman was returning to her home on Argyle Street in Mossley with a shopping trolley, when a man confronted her.

He said that there had been a leak in a house next door and he had been trying to get hold of her all day.

The man waded into the house and asked the victim to turn on the taps in the kitchen while he checked upstairs.

After ten minutes, the woman went upstairs and found the offender going through her wardrobe.

She told him to get out. The man left the house but helped himself to her purse, which was in the trolley.

When she checked the house shortly afterwards, she found that more cash had been stolen.

The offender is described as being black, in his 20s, about 6ft tall, of average build and with short black hair. He was wearing a cream coloured zip-up top, dark jeans and light coloured trainers.

Detective Constable Graeme Masheter said: "The victim has been left badly shaken up by this experience, where a man has clearly taken advantage of a vulnerable person.

"We suspect that the man may have been hanging around the area for some time, so we would ask that any witnesses get in touch with us."

Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 0161 856 9262 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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