Wedding ring thief stole from pensioner, aged 82

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A HEARTLESS thief stole a pensioner’s treasured wedding and engagement rings after conning his way into her home.

The 82-year-old woman was in her house when she answered a knock at her door from a man claiming her roof needed to be repaired.

The trusting OAP allowed the man into her home - and agreed to let him go upstairs when he told her he needed to get into her loft.

When he came back downstairs he asked the woman for some money for materials and said he would come back once he had bought them.

He never returned.

When the pensioner went into her bedroom later in the day she realised money from her purse had been taken.

Her engagement ring and wedding ring, which she kept on display, had also been stolen.

The woman told police the thief was a white man, aged in his 20s, and of a medium build.

He had short dark hair and was wearing a dark coat.

Officers investigating the theft on Handley Road, New Whittington, Chesterfield, at 3.15pm last Thursday, October 6, are also looking for possible links with another theft five days earlier.

At 2.40pm on Saturday, October 1, another 82-year-old woman, from Bolsover Road, Glapwell, opened her door to a man who also told her that her roof needed to be repaired and that he needed access to her loft. When he left her property she realised later that money had been taken from her purse.

The thief was white, around 5ft 7ins tall, with dark hair and wearing dark clothing and a dark jacket.

Anyone with information about either incident is urged to call Derbyshire Police on 0345 123 3333 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Residents are urged not to answer the door to any strangers calling at their homes.