Bogus plumbers steal from pensioner

A COUPLE pretending to be plumbers tricked their way into a Doncaster pensioner's home to steal from her.

Tuesday, 11th September 2007, 9:26 am
Updated Tuesday, 11th September 2007, 10:58 am

Police are appealing for information about the bogus workers who struck at the home of an 82-year-old on Mallin Drive, Edlington.

A man and woman were seen to get out of a silver car on Mallin Drive and, 10 minutes later, went to the pensioner’s door where the man said he was a plumber and needed to turn off the water.

The pair entered the house and the woman started to fill pans with water while the man was seen in a passageway near a bedroom.

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When he was challenged by the elderly lady the pair left, but the occupant later found cash and utility cards were missing.

The couple were both white, in their late 20s, and spoke with local accents. The man was short and the woman was slim.

Police spokeswoman Lindsay Rust said: “Residents should not to open their doors to unidentified callers, always check for genuine identification before you allow anyone in your home, and if in doubt call the police on 0114 220 2020.”

Anyone with information about the incident, on Saturday August 25 at about 7.30pm, should call Pc David Law on 01302 385 319 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.