A TEENAGE trickster who has been preying on old folk with a fictitious sob story is on a Doncaster police wanted list.
Officers have released an E-fit image of a boy they want to speak to about a large number of reports of a bogus caller operating in various parts of Doncaster since before Christmas.
He tries to convince elderly residents he needs cash desperately because of a family emergency - but police say his story is fabricated to gain sympathy.
They have received a number of reports of a teenage boy calling at the homes of OAPs in Edlington, Balby, Hexthorpe and Intake.
The boy claims his grandmother has been taken gravely ill, and then asks for money to pay for a taxi fare home.
He is not always successful but, on a number occasions, the suspect has obtained some money, said a spokesman.
“This story is false and simply a means of stealing money from well-intentioned persons,” he said.
Police in Doncaster are currently investigating the reports and are keen to identify the offender.
The boy is white, slim build, between 5ft and 5ft 6ins tall, with short mid-brown or dark hair, sharp or pointed facial features, with a local accent, and aged between 14 and 20 years, but likely at the younger end.
Anyone with information should contact South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 1037 of January 20, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.