A ‘vulnerable’ pensioner was tricked by a man who stole her pension money after helping to carry her shopping in Gorton on Wednesday.
The 74-year-old victim, who uses a walking frame, was followed when returning home from Gorton Market at around 1PM.
As she arrived at her Cross Lane home, the thief, who had shadowed her since Chapman Street, acted the noble citizen and lent a hand by carrying her bags.
When inside, he asked for a glass of water, and whilst the victim went to fetch it he took cash from her purse which she had withdrawn from her pension account on the way home.
The man is said to be white, in his 50s, about 5ft 6in with a stocky build. He was wearing a grey jacket.
Detective Constable Gareth Croll said: “We are in the season of good will, yet this man has displayed nothing but wickedness.
“To their absolute credit, the local community has displayed the kind of spirit you expect at this time of year and have rallied round to support her and even provided her with donations.”
He added: “She has been left absolutely shocked.”
The money she had withdrawn was supposed to last her until Christmas, and DC Croll calls for anyone with any information to come forward.
“Sadly this incident proves people will go so far as to pretend to be Good Samaritans to in order to get in people’s homes,” he said.
“I would like to remind residents not to let strangers in under any circumstances.”
Anyone with information can call police on 0161 856 3020, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Picture courtesy of Greater Manchester Police, with thanks.