[16 FEB 01]
CRIMES, FIRES & ACCIDENTS
City Woman Tricked
tricksters conned an 88-year-old Coventry woman out of her savings
yesterday after pretending to be carrying out a survey.
are urging people to be on their guard following the distraction
burglary in the city.
incident took place between 5.15pm and 5.30pm yesterday at the
home of an 88-year-old woman in Ansty Road, Walsgrave.
teenage girls went to the pensioner's house and conned their way
in by claiming to be students conducting a survey.
one of the girls kept the victim talking, the other searched a
bedroom and took £600 from a bag in the room. They then left.
pensioner was uninjured in this incident, but she was distressed
when she found that the money was missing.
offenders are described as two white girls aged about 16 to 17,
both medium build and about 5ft 4ins tall.
first has brown, collar-length hair and a freckled complexion. She
wore a navy blue cardigan and trousers. The second offender has
short blonde hair.
police spokesman urged people, particularly the elderly, to be
wary of strangers calling at their homes and not to let them in.
Genuine callers would have identity cards or a way of verifying
Midlands Police is taking part in Operation Liberate, an
initiative which targets offenders who prey on the elderly and
vulnerable and aims to bring them before the courts.
who witnessed this offence, or who recognises the identity of the
offenders, should contact officers at Chace Avenue police station
in Coventry on 024 7653 9040 or the confidential Crimestoppers
hotline on 0800 555111.