Bogus caller ‘dressed up as a police officer’

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A CONMAN dressed up as a police officer and tricked his way into the homes of vulnerable and elderly residents - then stole their bank books and cash, a court heard.

Alexander Wright wore smart clothes he’d bought from a charity shop and even spoke into a pretend earpiece when he targeted the homes of pensioners who were aged between 67 and 91, jurors at Sheffield Crown Court heard.

Wright, aged 31, of no fixed address, burgled seven properties in South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and Derbyshire, said Ian Wright, prosecuting.

“The prosecution say this defendant is a distraction or deception burglar,” he said. “By that I mean he preys on elderly people, then burgles their houses.

“He does that by pretending to be a police officer who arrives at the premises and knocks on the door.

“He will claim he is a police officer and say there have been burglaries and ask to check their homes.

“This is a very clever and devious man.”

Mr Wright said on July 7, Wright tricked his way into 88-year-old Elsie Swan’s home in Gleadless, Sheffield, and stole £400 in cash and her bank books.

Three days later it is alleged he targeted homes in Sheffield and Chesterfield, including the home of a 91-year-old woman.

He is also accused of offences in Huddersfield and in Oldham, targeting an 87-year-old man with Alzheimer’s Disease and his wife aged 75, followed by a 67-year-old woman.

Wright, who denies seven burglaries and one charge of dangerous driving, was arrested after a police pursuit along the Parkway and the M1, during which he narrowly missed other cars and drove through red lights.

The trial continues.