Conwoman targeted female pensioner in “appalling” Leeds theft

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A thief tricked her way into an elderly woman’s house in Leeds before stealing her purse.

Police are appealing for information after the 84-year-old victim was approached by the young woman as she walked back from shops near the Southleigh Road and Gypsy Lane junction in Beeston.

She engaged the victim in conversation before offering to help pull her wheeled shopping bag.

As they walked towards the victim’s home, the woman asked if she could use her toilet.

She was shown to the bathroom and made an excuse to return to the kitchen where the victim had left her bag.

She paid a brief visit to the toilet and then left the house.

The victim later noticed her purse had been taken from her bag.

The thief was described as being light-skinned mixed race, 5ft 5ins tall and aged in her late teens to early 20s.

She had black, mid-length curly hair, an upper front tooth missing and wore pale coloured jeans.

The incident happened at about 11.45am on Monday, July 27.

Detective Constable Emma Hogarth, of Leeds District Neighbourhood Crime Team, said: “It’s appalling that someone would prey on an elderly victim in this way and we are keen to find this person as soon as possible.

“We have conducted extensive enquiries in the area but has so far been unable to identify her.

“The description is quite distinctive and we would like to hear from anyone who thinks they know who it might be.”

Anyone with information is asked to call DC 1871 Hogarth at Elland Road via 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.