Thief tricked way into Leeds pensioner’s home with ‘note for your neighbour’ con

The man was caught on CCTV
The man was caught on CCTV
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A thief stole a pensioner’s purse after tricking his way into her Leeds home by claiming he was looking for a neighbour.

The man called at the 68-year-old victim’s home in Fieldhouse Drive, Moortown, at about 2pm last Monday.

He asked for a pen and paper to leave a note but then followed her in and sat down in the living room. The woman became suspicious and shouted at him to leave and the man ran off towards Scott Hall Road, taking her navy blue Radley purse, containing cash and cards.

Acting Det Sgt Phil Maher, of Leeds CID, said: “People who prey on vulnerable victims in this way are utterly despicable.”

The thief was white, aged 25 to 30, about 5ft 6in tall and of medium build, with black overgrown hair. He was described as having a pale face and looked like he had no teeth. He was wearing a navy blue padded jacket, blue jeans and dark shoes and spoke with a local accent.

Anyone with information should contact Det Con Debbie Farley at Elland Road police station via 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.