TWO thieves pretended to be police officers to get into the home of a woman in her 90s so they could steal money from the pensioner.
Merseyside Police, who have described it as a ‘despicable offence’ are hunting two men after they targeted the elderly woman on Sunday, July 19 at her home on Trevor Drive, Crosby.
At around 2.30pm, the men knocked on her door and claimed to be the police. After gaining entry into the house, they took cash and left, leaving the woman “extremely shaken but uninjured”.
The suspects are described as white, around 40 years old, wearing t-shirts and dungarees. One of the men is believed to have ginger hair. They may have arrived at the location in a van.
Detective Inspector Catherine Walsh said: “This was a despicable offence against an elderly woman, in her own home, a place she deserves to feel safe in.
“It’s hard to believe that anyone would stoop so low as to target a woman of this age to steal money. Extensive enquiries are underway. We are working hard to trace the offenders and I’d also like to ask the local community for their assistance – if you live in this area and have recently seen two men, acting suspiciously, maybe knocking on doors, to get in contact.
If you live in or around Trevor Drive, please check home CCTV or dashcam in case you have captured images of these men and their vehicle.
“Offenders like this deliberately target the most vulnerable in our community and there are a number of steps people can take to try to prevent this from happening.
“We will be speaking to people door-to-door in the area but I would also ask people to take a few minutes to ensure to check on any elderly neighbours, family and friends and ensure are given the right advice and guidance.
“We will act on all information to find these deplorable people and bring them to justice.”
Anyone with information which could help the police with their inquiries is asked to contact @MerPolCC or 101 quoting reference number 591 of 19 July.
You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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