Police search for conman

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A CONMAN who tricked his way into the homes of two South Yorkshire pensioners is being hunted by police.

The sneaky thief is believed to be responsible for two distraction burglaries where OAPs were tricked into allowing a bogus water board official into their homes - who then stole their cash.

In the first incident an elderly woman from Victoria Street, Stairfoot, Barnsley, allowed a man into her home after he told her he worked for the water board and needed to check the plumbing system in her home.

He went upstairs to inspect all her rooms and the pensioner later discovered her purse had been taken.

Police said the woman was left shaken by her ordeal.

In the second incident, a man called at a home on Middlesex Street, Worsbrough Common, Barnsley, and told the elderly woman resident he too was from the water board.

After his visit the woman discovered that a ‘significant’ amount of cash had been taken.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “Police have reason to believe the same male was involved in both incidents from last week.”

They are urging anyone who has any information to come forward.”

The offender involved in the second incident is described as white, aged in his mid-20s to early 30s, 5ft 6ins to 5ft 9ins tall, very slim and with short brown hair.

The first offence happened at 11.50am on Monday, August 15, and the second at around 11.45am on Thursday, August 18.

n Witnesses, anyone who saw anything suspicious or anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 0114 220 2020, ask for Barnsley Intelligence and quote BX/99/2011.

Or they can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.