Two men posing as police officers have stolen £2,000 from an elderly woman after conning their way into her home in Mossley yesterday morning.
The men told the 76-year-old woman they had information about a previous theft in the area and asked if there was any money kept in her home, on Andrew Street.
One thief kept the woman talking downstairs while the other stole cash from her bedroom before they both made an exit through the back door.
Detective Constable Karl Riley from Tameside CID has urged anyone who has experienced a similar incident, or anyone with information on the men, to come forward.
“These two men were determined criminals, they preyed on a vulnerable elderly woman who thought she was helping the police with their enquiries,” he said.
“We have done lots of work in recent times to make life difficult for those committing these types of crime that is why burglary continues to fall in Greater Manchester.”
One of the thieves is thought to be around 6ft tall and in his 50’s while the other has been described as mid 20’s and about 5ft 6in tall.
Police have called upon residents to make it difficult for con men by always asking for identification, keeping the door chain on and, if in doubt, asking them to leave.
“Check that they are who they say they are and if still in doubt, ask them to leave and come back at another time – no genuine caller will be offended,” said Detective Constable Riley.
Anyone with any information on the burglary should contact Tameside CID on 0161 8569250 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.
Picture courtesy of Greater Manchester Police, with thanks.