Friday, 1 August 2014

Tree Trickster Steals From Elderly Lady

An elderly lady fell victim to a con man on Wednesday evening when he tricked his way into her home after pretending to do tree work in Cheam Common Road.

The victim, aged 79, saw a man hanging around outside her address at around 8:25pm and went out to ask him if he was there about her trees. He told her he was and entered her house and went into the kitchen where he asked to see the garden. The resident, who has mobility issues, struggled to keep pace with him and when she said she was going to phone a relative, the man left. Afterwards she found that her purse and cash were missing.

Did you see a man acting suspiciously near Cheam Common Road on Wednesday (30th July) between 8 and 9pm? If you can recall seeing anything that might help, please call Sutton Police Station on 101 quoting ref no: 4008005/14.

Police advise residents not to allow any unknown and unexpected callers inside. If you believe someone on your doorstep may be trying to commit a crime, please close the door on them keeping them outside and call 999 immediately.

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