Old peo­ple with walk­ing frames are tar­gets of con artist

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - John.scheer­hout@men-news.co.uk @john­scheer­hout

‘VERY well-pre­sented’ con artists are steal­ing purses from pen­sion­ers with walk­ing frames by pre­tend­ing they are lost, po­lice have warned.

The men – wear­ing suits – are un­der­stood to ap­proach el­derly peo­ple ask­ing for di­rec­tions.

They then un­furl maps across pen­sion­ers’ walk­ing frames be­fore snatch­ing purses stored un­der­neath.

The men then flee be­fore their vic­tims re­alise what has hap­pened, po­lice said.

Of­fi­cers have now warned el­derly peo­ple to be on guard fol­low­ing two in­ci­dents in Lit­tle­bor­ough, near Rochdale, last week.

One OAP was ap­proached by two men in the car park of the Co-op­er­a­tive Food Store on Sta­tion Road last Tues­day at around 11am.

An­other woman later had her purse stolen near Ark nurs­ery on Feather­stall Road.

Po­lice said vic­tims de­scribed the men as Asian and in their late 30s or 40s.

Those tar­geted said the men were dressed in suits and were ‘very well­p­re­sented.’

A state­ment on GMP Rochdale’s Face­book page read: “They have ap­proached el­derly peo­ple, ask­ing them to give them di­rec­tions to a lo­ca­tion, while pro­duc­ing a map of the area.

“The males have opened a large map across the han­dles of woman’s walk­ing frames, be­fore ask­ing for di­rec­tions and steal­ing their purses, which are usu­ally stored un­der the seat of their walk­ing frames.”

Of­fi­cers have warned peo­ple to make sure el­derly friends and rel­a­tives are on guard - and to re­port any­thing sus­pi­cious.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to call po­lice on 101 – or Crimestop­pers, anony­mously, on 0800 555 111.

Peo­ple with walk­ing frames have been warned about smartly dressed con­men

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