A cruel thief who pretended to be a carer tricked his way into the home of a sickly and frail pensioner and stole jewellery.
The 86-year-old man fell victim to the cruel scam at his home on Queens Close in Worsley at about 6pm on 12 December 2014.
The pensioner, who lives alone, answered his door to a man he did not recognise who claimed he had a message for his neighbour. The offender then let himself in and pretended to be a carer, asking the pensioner about his medication.
This left the man, who suffers from poor health, extremely confused and due to him not knowing exactly what was happening, the thief rifled through a bedside table drawer in his bedroom.
He then stole a small amount of cash, the victim’s bank card, a gold wrist watch with an analogue face in a three-inch blue velvet square and a gold clawed ring with a garnet stone.
The thief stuffed these into his clothes and then left. However, he later used the stolen bank card to top up his mobile phone.
Police are now appealing to anyone with information to come forward.
The offender is described as being white, about 20-years-old with short dark hair and wearing a black coat.
Police Constable Ian Hall said: “The facts of this absolutely appalling crime speak for themselves.
“The offender impersonated a carer in order to trick his way into the home of a vulnerable man who lives alone and suffers from poor health. It is astonishing that anyone would stoop so low and yet that is exactly what the offender has done. Even later, when you might think he had chance to regret his actions, he showed he has no remorse by using the stolen card to top up his phone.
“I firstly want to appeal to anyone who thinks they know who might be responsible to come forward. If you are offered any of the stolen jewellery by a man matching this description then call us immediately. We do not want this thief to profit still further by fencing the man’s jewellery so if you are offered these pieces, call us straightaway and you could help us reunite this man with what is rightly his.
“I also want to ask members of our community to help be our eyes and ears. If you see this man hanging around your neighbourhood, then again call us. At this time of year, we need to be extra vigilant and look out for our neighbours who may be suffering with poor health and stop them falling victim to this sort of cruel scam.
“So please, if you do have information then please call us.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0800 555 111 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.