Bogus police officer raided OAP’s home in Sheffield

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A conman posing as a police officer raided the home of a Sheffield pensioner after tricking his way into her home.

The crook struck at a house on Halifax Road, Parson Cross, after claiming he needed to check the OAP’s windows.

He then looked around her house and, after he left, his victim discovered a wallet containing cash had been taken.

The conman was white, in his mid 30s and tall - and wearing a white top and white trousers, similar to a forensics officer.

Police said he struck at 5.20pm on Wednesday, August 6.

Earlier the same day police officers were called to Main Road, Darnall, where a man claiming to work for a water company tricked his way into the home of a man in his 80s.

He switched on the pensioner’s taps and then left.

Nothing was stolen but police believe the motive was burglary.

The culprit was white and in his 30s.

Police are not linking the incidents, but are urging residents to be on their guard and to step up their security.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said “Police do not believe the incidents are linked.

“But officers are reminding residents to be cautious if an unwanted caller arrives at their doorstep.

“Make sure you check identification and do not to let anyone in if they are not sure who they are.

“Genuine callers will not call unannounced - they will arrange an appointment or give written notice about work taking place.

“If they are persistent or make you feel concerned or uncomfortable then please contact the police immediately.”

Call police on 101.