A DISTRACTION burglar who stole two credit cards from an 84-year-old effectively escaped empty-handed as they had both expired.
The incident happened about 4pm on September 23 when the bogus caller went to the elderly woman’s house in Green Gables. Alcester Road, Hollywood, claiming to be selling cleaning products.
The man called at the door and pressurised her into buying the items he was selling.
When he had gone, so had the credit cards and the items he had sold her.
He was in his late 20s, had black hair, was 6ft tall and was of large build. He was wearing a blue tracksuit top, white shorts, ankle socks with trainers and was carrying a black holdall.
Insp Sarah Corteen said the elderly victim had been left shaken by the incident.
She urged anyone visited by door-to-door callers who they suspected not to be genuine to call police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.
She also told them not to let any suspicious callers into their homes.
Information about this incident or others can also be given to Crimestoppers by visiting www.crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling 0800 555 111.