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Thief steals elderly man's wallet

Published Monday 24th March 2014

A thief stole an elderly man's wallet after tricking his way into his house while his shopping was being delivered.

The victim, 94, was at his home on Withington Road, Chorlton, waiting for his shopping - which was ordered online by his daughter - to be delivered.

The pensioner, who is hard of hearing and partially sighted, saw a van pull up outside his home at 11am on 17 March 2014 and went to his front door, where he was confronted by a man.

The man told him there was an issue with the payment system and that he needed the victim to pay for his shopping in cash.

He was allowed inside but left shortly afterwards just as another man was bringing in his shopping.

It was only afterwards that the victim realised his wallet containing cash was missing.

The offender is described as white, 6ft tall, of medium build and was wearing a suit.

Detective Sergeant Gareth Davies, said: “We are trying to establish whether the offender has struck at an opportunistic time or has perhaps known a shopping delivery was due and has been loitering in the area.

“Either way he has used it as an opportunity to confuse and distract an elderly man to such an extent that he has been able to get inside his house and steal his wallet.

“I want to make it clear that the delivery driver is not under suspicion but we will be speaking to him should he recall seeing the offender or be able to assist in our efforts to bring him to justice.

“If anyone was in the area at the time and saw someone matching the description or knows of similar incidents I would urge them to call me.

“I would also like to remind residents not to let anyone into your house at any time unless you are entirely certain they are a genuine caller, especially if they call asking for money. If you have your supermarket shopping home delivered, then delivery staff should be dressed in supermarket uniform and carry identification.

“If you are under any doubt shut the door and contact a friend or family member or if you are feeling at all under any threat or believe the caller is not genuine call the police.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 4973, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.