Thieves target elderly woman in Congleton

Police are appealing for information after callous thieves targeted a vulnerable resident in Congleton.

At around 2pm on Monday 5 February the elderly woman was visited by two men purporting to work for the water board.

After gaining entry to her home near to Congleton Town Football Club, one of the men distracted the victim whilst the other searched rooms and stole money.

The thieves then quickly fled the property.

Inspector Penny Jones said: “This was a despicable crime in which two men have targeted an elderly woman in her own home and we are committed to doing all that we can to trace those responsible.

“Enquiries in relation to the incident are currently ongoing and I urge anyone with any information that may help our investigation, no matter how small, to come forward.”

One of the men is described as white with short dark hair and a stocky build.

The second man was taller and is also white. He has a slim build and short white/grey hair with a greying beard.

Insp Jones added: “I would like to take this opportunity to point out that the water board does not exist and to urge everyone to be vigilant when it comes to people calling at your door.

“Do not let anyone you don’t know into your home who calls unexpectedly. If you do answer the door, make sure you have it on the chain and ask for identification.

“If they show identification, close the door and check that it is genuine by calling the phone number provided.

“If you have any doubts about them being genuine, don’t let them in. Instead ask them to come back later when you are not alone.”

Anyone with any information which may assist the investigation is asked to call Cheshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 563 of 5 February 2018. Information can also be passed anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

For further crime reduction advice visit www.cheshire.police.uk.

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