Four pensioners targeted by bogus detective

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Four elderly residents in Prescot were targeted by a bogus official claiming to be a plain clothes police officer.

The crook told OAPs he was a detective who had arrested a suspected thief with a large amount of cash and was checking the residents were not unwitting victims of a burglary.

One victim, a 87-year-old woman, allowed the man into her home and, at his request, checked her purse hadn’t been stolen and her doors and windows were secure.

When the ‘detective’ left, however, she discovered a large amount of cash from her purse was missing.

All four Prescot incidents took place on Monday, December 16 and were followed a similar attack in Huyton earlier on the same day during which a 93-year-old woman allowed a man claiming to be ‘from the Government’ into her home warning of crooks in the area who were targeting OAPs.

Detectives believe the same offender is behind all four Prescot incidents. The suspect is described as white, in his 40s or 50s, with short hair and a wearing a three-quarter, anorak-style coat.

They are uncertain as to whether the Huyton and Prescot incidents are linked.

Chief Insp Matt Boyle said: “I would like to reassure people that this type of offence is rare, but when it does happen it can have a big effect on the victim, particularly as they are often elderly or vulnerable.

Most people who call at the door will be genuine but the best defence against bogus officials is to remember, if in doubt, keep them out.”

Anyone with information about the incidents in Prescot and Huyton call detectives on 0151 777 6570, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.