‘Despicable’ conmen trick husband, 93, and wife, 88, into entering their Salford home before robbing them

By Marios Papaloizou

An elderly and vulnerable couple were robbed last week after two ‘despicable’ thieves tricked their way into the couple’s home and stole cash.

On July 25 at around 3pm, a 93-year-old husband and his 88-year-old wife were at their Eccles homes on Blandford Road, Salford, when two men knocked at their door.

The crooks claimed that they were from the water board and needed to access the house to turn off the stop tap.

After entering one of the conmen went with the woman to the kitchen while the other went upstairs where the elderly man was sleeping.

He awoke and challenged the thief who then demanded money and snatched a coat from the man which contained a large amount of cash.

Detective Constable Des Nellany based at Swinton Police Station said: “This was a despicable crime committed by cowards who preyed on two elderly and vulnerable members of the community.”

After stealing money the pair left and police are now searching for the pair.

One of the men is white, in his late 20s or early 30s, 5ft 10in tall, of athletic build, had brown hair and wore a pale blue shirt and fawn coloured trousers.

DC Nellany appealed for people to be cautious when opening the door to strangers.

“If you have a door chain, put it on the door and ask them who they are and what they want,” he said.

“The water board has not existed for a number of years, so if they say they are from the water board then you will know they are bogus.”

Anyone with information should phone police on 0161 856 8097 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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