‘Father and son’ burglars trick blind pensioner in Wythenshawe

By Dean Wilkins

A partially blind and deaf pensioner is recovering after being targeted by burglars claiming they were father and son in Wythenshawe.

The duo tricked their way into the 88-year-old woman’s home on Teynham Walk, Woodhouse Park, at approximately 6pm on March 26.

The boy, said to about 10-years-old, and his ‘father’ asked the woman for a glass of water and stole her handbag from inside the house as she went to the kitchen to get them a drink.

Detective Constable Christopher Broad said: “We cannot know for certain if this was a genuine father and son team, but regardless, the adult offender has clearly roped a child into his nefarious and cruel scheme which is unforgivable.

“To expose a child to such a cowardly criminal enterprise and steal from a partially deaf and blind pensioner is as low as it gets.”

The woman described the young boy as being white, about 10-years-old and 4ft 11in tall. The man was white, in his 30s, about 5ft 2in tall and of a slim build with dark hair.

Detective Constable Broad added: “I also want to appeal to the entire community to help us catch these people. You can help us by being our eyes and ears, and if you hear anything about this sort of scam, see a young boy and a man door-knocking or even have suspicions as to who it might please, call us straight away.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 6153 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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