Conman steals cash from 92-year-old South Yorkshire woman

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A South Yorkshire woman aged 92 had cash stolen from her home by a bogus ‘gas board’ official, police have revealed.

The pensioner, from Stonehill Rise, Scawthorpe, Doncaster, opened her door to a man who claimed to be a gas board worker.

He looked under her sink before going upstairs.

When he had left the OAP discovered that cash she kept in her home had been taken.

Superintendent Eddie Murphy, of South Yorkshire Police, said: “Targeting vulnerable, elderly members of the community in their own home and duping them for their valuables is disgusting and won’t be tolerated by police.

“At this stage we do not believe the offence is linked to similar incidents in Hexthorpe, Balby and Barnsley this week but our message remains the same.

“If someone turns up at your door unannounced then don’t let them enter. Genuine callers will make appointments and will be happy for you to check their identification.

“I urge sons, daughters, grandchildren to regularly check on their elderly relatives to make sure they’re safe and to enforce our message to not open the door to strangers and to keep valuables secure.”

The conman struck on Friday morning.

Anyone with information should contact South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident 323 of Friday, April 25.

Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555111.