Police hunt Leigh con artist

Police hunt Leigh con artist

Police hunt Leigh con artist

First published in Southend

DETECTIVES in Southend are searching for a thief who stole cash and a credit card from an elderly woman.

The man tricked his way into the 87-year-old’s home on Blenheim Chase, Leigh, at around 5.30pm on Thursday, March 20.

Investigating officer Dc Andy Copley said the victim did not know the man, who said he was the nephew of her neighbour who had been rushed to hospital with a heart attack.

The man claimed he needed £45 for the taxi fare and she invited him into the house and gave him £50.

He promised to return the money along with a large box of chocolates by 6pm that night, but he did not return.

After the man had left the victim also realised a tin containing £100 and her credit card had disappeared.

Dc Copley added: "I would urge people not to let people into their homes unless they know who they are. Certain people will come up with all sorts of plausible stories to obtain money from kind hearted members of society who think they are trying to help those in need.”

The man is described as a white, in his 30s, with short dark hair; he had distinctive arched eye brows and was wearing a light top with a dark suit over the top, speaking with a local Essex accent.

Anyone with any information about this incident should contact Southend CID on Essex Police 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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8:43am Mon 24 Mar 14

aarontrophy says...

hope they get caught its BANG out of order and hope they rot in hell
hope they get caught its BANG out of order and hope they rot in hell aarontrophy
  • Score: 16

9:37am Mon 24 Mar 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Come on all those with old parents please remind them about this, its easy to confuse some people thats why they target them, during today give your old Mum or Dad a call and tell them to be aware, keep it fresh in their heads.
Come on all those with old parents please remind them about this, its easy to confuse some people thats why they target them, during today give your old Mum or Dad a call and tell them to be aware, keep it fresh in their heads. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 15

9:45am Mon 24 Mar 14

I hate the police! says...

Old people are just thick. Who in there right mind would do that?!
Old people are just thick. Who in there right mind would do that?! I hate the police!
  • Score: -24

9:58am Mon 24 Mar 14

DCLEIGH says...

I hate the police! wrote:
Old people are just thick. Who in there right mind would do that?!
I know - who in THEIR right mind would - but then that is why they are vulnerable and targets.
One point though....for every 1 thieving sh!t, there are a 100,000 lovely people willing to give someone some help if only they would ask and be trustworthy.
[quote][p][bold]I hate the police![/bold] wrote: Old people are just thick. Who in there right mind would do that?![/p][/quote]I know - who in THEIR right mind would - but then that is why they are vulnerable and targets. One point though....for every 1 thieving sh!t, there are a 100,000 lovely people willing to give someone some help if only they would ask and be trustworthy. DCLEIGH
  • Score: 7

10:34am Mon 24 Mar 14

supermadmax says...

Unless there are further reports of similar attempts, I would suggest that this was targeted by someone who knew that there was money in the tin. I doubt it randomly tried one house and got lucky first time. Door to door fraud is either targeted or a numbers game.

It seems a lot of hard and risky work for £150. some of these ideas are quite clever, it amazes me why people with a natural entrepreneurial flair and pro active work effic don't think of something more lucrative and productive to do with their time.
Unless there are further reports of similar attempts, I would suggest that this was targeted by someone who knew that there was money in the tin. I doubt it randomly tried one house and got lucky first time. Door to door fraud is either targeted or a numbers game. It seems a lot of hard and risky work for £150. some of these ideas are quite clever, it amazes me why people with a natural entrepreneurial flair and pro active work effic don't think of something more lucrative and productive to do with their time. supermadmax
  • Score: 4

11:03am Mon 24 Mar 14

runwellian says...

Everyone should answer the door with the chain on, this message has gone out for years but nobody listens. the old were once young and should know better

Always answer the door with the chain in place.
Don't answer the door to anyone after dark.

I have a notice on my door, if you haven't been invited, don't knock ... the police may be called ... it works wonders.

I look through my glass pane and if I don't recognise the caller, i don't answer the door ... and yes I am old too!
Everyone should answer the door with the chain on, this message has gone out for years but nobody listens. the old were once young and should know better Always answer the door with the chain in place. Don't answer the door to anyone after dark. I have a notice on my door, if you haven't been invited, don't knock ... the police may be called ... it works wonders. I look through my glass pane and if I don't recognise the caller, i don't answer the door ... and yes I am old too! runwellian
  • Score: 7

11:56am Mon 24 Mar 14

BenfleetH says...

I hate the police! wrote:
Old people are just thick. Who in there right mind would do that?!
Oh, insulting the elderly, what a "kind" person you are. If anyone's thick here its you! How do you know that the person targeted was in their right frame of mind, there could be a variety of reasons why they let this person in. Don't be so cruel.
[quote][p][bold]I hate the police![/bold] wrote: Old people are just thick. Who in there right mind would do that?![/p][/quote]Oh, insulting the elderly, what a "kind" person you are. If anyone's thick here its you! How do you know that the person targeted was in their right frame of mind, there could be a variety of reasons why they let this person in. Don't be so cruel. BenfleetH
  • Score: 11

1:00pm Mon 24 Mar 14

pembury53 says...

runwellian wrote:
Everyone should answer the door with the chain on, this message has gone out for years but nobody listens. the old were once young and should know better Always answer the door with the chain in place. Don't answer the door to anyone after dark. I have a notice on my door, if you haven't been invited, don't knock ... the police may be called ... it works wonders. I look through my glass pane and if I don't recognise the caller, i don't answer the door ... and yes I am old too!
Many elderly were brought up with different values than today, based on trust.....age changes people, which is why they often 'don't know better' and also why they are targetted by the scammers..... come on get a grip on reality and stop blaming people for getting old.....
[quote][p][bold]runwellian[/bold] wrote: Everyone should answer the door with the chain on, this message has gone out for years but nobody listens. the old were once young and should know better Always answer the door with the chain in place. Don't answer the door to anyone after dark. I have a notice on my door, if you haven't been invited, don't knock ... the police may be called ... it works wonders. I look through my glass pane and if I don't recognise the caller, i don't answer the door ... and yes I am old too![/p][/quote]Many elderly were brought up with different values than today, based on trust.....age changes people, which is why they often 'don't know better' and also why they are targetted by the scammers..... come on get a grip on reality and stop blaming people for getting old..... pembury53
  • Score: 2

3:47pm Mon 24 Mar 14

I hate the police! says...

BenfleetH wrote:
I hate the police! wrote:
Old people are just thick. Who in there right mind would do that?!
Oh, insulting the elderly, what a "kind" person you are. If anyone's thick here its you! How do you know that the person targeted was in their right frame of mind, there could be a variety of reasons why they let this person in. Don't be so cruel.
Its pathetic though. Okay, they may have a mental problem or whatever, but in this article it don't say anything about her being vulnerable or unstable in mind. She lives at home by herself at 87 years old, and fair play to her. But something must go in their head to be so daft to invite a unknown person in. Maybe she thought 'I'm nearly at the end of my life, lets give him £50!'
[quote][p][bold]BenfleetH[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]I hate the police![/bold] wrote: Old people are just thick. Who in there right mind would do that?![/p][/quote]Oh, insulting the elderly, what a "kind" person you are. If anyone's thick here its you! How do you know that the person targeted was in their right frame of mind, there could be a variety of reasons why they let this person in. Don't be so cruel.[/p][/quote]Its pathetic though. Okay, they may have a mental problem or whatever, but in this article it don't say anything about her being vulnerable or unstable in mind. She lives at home by herself at 87 years old, and fair play to her. But something must go in their head to be so daft to invite a unknown person in. Maybe she thought 'I'm nearly at the end of my life, lets give him £50!' I hate the police!
  • Score: -8

4:23pm Mon 24 Mar 14

BenfleetH says...

I hate the police! wrote:
BenfleetH wrote:
I hate the police! wrote:
Old people are just thick. Who in there right mind would do that?!
Oh, insulting the elderly, what a "kind" person you are. If anyone's thick here its you! How do you know that the person targeted was in their right frame of mind, there could be a variety of reasons why they let this person in. Don't be so cruel.
Its pathetic though. Okay, they may have a mental problem or whatever, but in this article it don't say anything about her being vulnerable or unstable in mind. She lives at home by herself at 87 years old, and fair play to her. But something must go in their head to be so daft to invite a unknown person in. Maybe she thought 'I'm nearly at the end of my life, lets give him £50!'
The police wouldn't disclose the persons health issues and they may have a carer or live in a house that has a panic button for immediate response, all I am saying is you just don't know and it isn't fair to speak about a clearly vulnerable individual in that way and while you are at it, tar all elderly people with the same brush. Its just a small minded thing to say, their family could have read your comment, I know for a fact if you spoke about a relative of mine in that way I would be peed off and upset in equal measure. Just think before you speak - please.
[quote][p][bold]I hate the police![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BenfleetH[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]I hate the police![/bold] wrote: Old people are just thick. Who in there right mind would do that?![/p][/quote]Oh, insulting the elderly, what a "kind" person you are. If anyone's thick here its you! How do you know that the person targeted was in their right frame of mind, there could be a variety of reasons why they let this person in. Don't be so cruel.[/p][/quote]Its pathetic though. Okay, they may have a mental problem or whatever, but in this article it don't say anything about her being vulnerable or unstable in mind. She lives at home by herself at 87 years old, and fair play to her. But something must go in their head to be so daft to invite a unknown person in. Maybe she thought 'I'm nearly at the end of my life, lets give him £50!'[/p][/quote]The police wouldn't disclose the persons health issues and they may have a carer or live in a house that has a panic button for immediate response, all I am saying is you just don't know and it isn't fair to speak about a clearly vulnerable individual in that way and while you are at it, tar all elderly people with the same brush. Its just a small minded thing to say, their family could have read your comment, I know for a fact if you spoke about a relative of mine in that way I would be peed off and upset in equal measure. Just think before you speak - please. BenfleetH
  • Score: 3

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