A thief stole cash, clothes and even a hearing aid from an elderly Alzheimer’s sufferer in Leeds in a series of targeted incidents, police said.
The man, in his 80s and from Crossgates, was preyed upon by a crook who called at his home repeatedly over several weeks.
PCSO Lisa Franks, of the Leeds outer east neighbourhood policing team, said: “We became aware of the victim while on routine patrol in the area. He is in his 80s and suffers from Alzheimer’s. It became apparent that over a period of time someone had been entering his property and stealing money, clothes and food.
“They had even stolen a pair of hard of hearing earphones designed to allow him to watch television.
“We have been working closely with those living in the area, encouraging them to report any suspicious behaviour.”
A 46-year-old man was arrested om Wednesday on suspicion of theft. He has been released on bail.
PCSO Franks added: “We all have a part to play in looking out for the vulnerable and elderly in our communities and I would like to thank this man’s neighbours for their help.”