A CONMAN waved a homemade police ID badge in the face of a Sheffield pensioner to trick his way into her home, a court heard.
Alexander Wright, aged 31, conned his way into 88-year-old Elsie Swan’s house in Stanhope Road, Gleadless, and stole £400 and three bank books, a jury was told.
Ian West, prosecuting at Sheffield Crown Court, said Wright called at the property on July 7 last year and held up a four-inch square ID badge which had ‘police’ printed in big writing across the top of it.
Wright allegedly said: “I’m a police officer. We’ve arrested two burglars and we’re holding them at the station. They say they burgled this house.”
Mr West said Wright forced the pensioner to check her money was safe and followed her upstairs.
He said to her: “Please be quick, they are waiting for me.”
She checked her wardrobes and drawers but, after he left, she discovered £400 in cash was missing, along with three Halifax books - for accounts totally over £100,000 - as well as her passport, Mr West said.
Earlier the jury was told Wright bought smart clothes from a Mind Matters charity shop so he could dress up as a police officer.
He bought dark trousers, a white shirt, and a dark top, Mr West said, adding: “He just needed to look presentable and the ruse works.”
He said Wright also had a pretend earpiece made from a pair of headphones he’d cut in half. He put one in his ear tucking the wire down his jacket, so it looked like a police earpiece.
Wright, of no fixed address, denies seven burglaries and dangerous driving.
The trial continues.