Conman ransacks pensioner’s home

Date published: 31 July 2014

A CONman forced his way into a 90-year-old man’s home before threatening him and ransacking the property.

He knocked at the door of the house in Wolverton Avenue, Oldham, and asked the man if he needed any gardening work doing.

But once inside the property, he threatened the victim and demanded money.

When the man refused, he became aggressive and pushed him on to the bed. He then ransacked the house and searched the victim’s pockets. The victim tried to call the police but the man stopped him and, unable to find any money, he left empty-handed.

It happened at 2.30pm on Thursday, July 24. The offender was white, in his 30s, clean-shaven, around 6ft 1in tall, and of slim build.

Det-Con Christian Julien said: “This man targeted a vulnerable and frail elderly man and, after conning his way into his home, he used aggression and intimidation to try to steal money.

“I would also like to make other local residents aware so they can remain vigilant and I urge anyone who may feel they have been targeted in a similar way in the near by area to phone police.”

Ring the police on 0161-856 8825 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555 111.