Woman, 94, is robbed by fake cop
A 94-YEAR-old woman had her purse, cash and phone stolen by a fake police officer who called at the door of her Hillfields home.
She was among four pensioners in their 90s targeted by burglars in Bristol and South Gloucestershire in the space of two days.
Police are urging neighbours to call 999 immediately if they see anyone in their street who is only calling on elderly people.
The 94-year-old was targeted between 7pm and 7.30pm on December 18 by a man who pushed his way into her home Thicket Avenue when she answered the door.
He claimed to be a police officer and said there were burglars in her garden.
The burglar was white and in his 30s, with dark curly hair. He was wearing a navy blue hooded top.
On the same day a 90-year-old woman in Brentry and a 92-year-old man in Little Stoke were also targeted by bogus callers, one claiming to be delivering a washing machine and the other claiming to be a police officer.
And on the following day man walked into a 91-year-old woman’s home in Henleaze, also claiming to be a police officer and telling her she had been burgled , she went to check her bedroom and found the window had been forced. When she returned to her sitting room, the man had gone, along with an 18 carat gold wedding ring, inscribed with the initials WA and WS and a date in July 1958, cash, a Marks & Spencer gift card, and a gold chain and pendant.
Detective Sergeant Laura Miller said: “Any genuine police officer will expect to show you identification and to wait while you call 101 to verify it if you’re unsure.
“This sort of doorstep crime is quite rare.
However it can be very distressing for vulnerable older people and we’re targeting our patrols in the area to provide reassurance.
"Please make your family or friends aware of these incidents and talk to them about the simple steps they can take to deter these criminals.
“If you see someone acting suspiciously at a neighbour’s property, call us straight away. Ring 999 if a crime is being committed, otherwise call 101.”
Anyone who thinks they have information that could help the police investigation should call 101, quoting crime reference number 5218 279 290.