Hunt for ‘ rats in the garden’ OAP conman
‘ COUNCIL WORKER’ FLED WITH CASH
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