Hunt for ‘ rats in the gar­den’ OAP con­man


Solihull News - - NEWS -

PO­LICE are hunt­ing for a con­man af­ter a cal­lous dis­trac­tion bur­glary at a Birm­ing­ham home.

The sus­pect told an in­no­cent pen­sioner her gar­den was in­fested with rats he needed to clear – be­fore tak­ing her cash.

It hap­pened on Carn­ford Road, Shel­don, on Oc­to­ber 10.

Pos­ing as a coun­cil worker, he knocked the door of a woman in her 70s.

The vic­tim was then tricked into hand­ing over money to ‘ clear rats in her gar­den’.

She paid him in ad­vance, but he fled with the cash.

West Mid­lands Po­lice has now re­leased an im­age of a man they wish to trace in con­nec­tion with the in­ci­dent.

A spokesman said: “The sus­pect went to the home of a woman in her 70s, say­ing he was from the coun­cil and there were rats in the gar­den that he needed to clear.

“The woman paid him in ad­vance for the work to be com­pleted. He then told her he was go­ing to his van to col­lect his tools, but never re­turned. It hap­pened at around 4.30pm on Oc­to­ber 10.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is urged to con­tact the po­lice via Live Chat at west- mid­lands. po­lice. uk be­tween 8am to mid­night, call 101 any­time or con­tact PO­LICE SPOKESMAN Crimestop­pers, anony­mously, on 0800 555 111.

Mean­while, a fake po­lice­man is be­ing hunted by of­fi­cers af­ter he duped his way into a Sandwell home and made off with a sub­stan­tial amount of cash.

The bo­gus of­fi­cial tar­geted the prop­erty, which has not been dis­closed, on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 2.

It is be­lieved the thief was wear­ing a black stab vest, beanie hat and ra­dio – which were all la­belled . with ‘ po­lice’ – when he ap­proached the ad­dress.

Once in­side, the bur­glar stole cash and he was last seen leav­ing the area in a red van.

Po­lice com­mu­nity en­gage­ment of­fi­cer Jes­sica Red­mond called the in­ci­dent ‘ very nasty’ and said of­fi­cers are work­ing with the vic­tim.

She said: “We are ask­ing our com­mu­ni­ties to be vig­i­lant at this time. Look out for friends, fam­i­lies and neigh­bours and be aware of sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour. Dis­trac­tion bur­glars will dress as bo­gus of­fi­cials to gain trust and en­try to a home. Re­mem­ber, if you don’t know the caller, ask to see their iden­tity card.

“Gen­uine callers won’t mind and will be ob­li­gated to help you.”

A man po­lice would like to speak to

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