SEARCH IS ON FOR TATTOOED CONMAN; Police urging vigilance after vulnerable pensioner duped.
POLICE are hunting a tattooed conman who duped a vulnerable Coventry pensioner.
The thief visited a 79-year-old woman's home in Stratford Street, Stoke on a number of occasions.
He claimed to be an odd-job man and befriended the pensioner - but after gaining her confidence he stole money from her handbag and fled.
He hasn't been seen since. The culprit is described as having tattoos protruding from his shirt collar and cuffs.
Investigating officer, Detective Constable Catherine Dell, urged the public to be vigilant about unexpected callers.
She said: "We believe he initially visited the victim offering his services as an odd-job man.
"He then made efforts to befriend her, popping back several times in the space of a few weeks, but with the intention of ultimately stealing from her home. "This man has targeted a vulnerable elderly member of the society - the lady struggles with her memory and she cannot recall very much about the offender or exactly when he visited.
"However, what she can remember is that he has tattoos visible around both his collar and cuffs.
"If anyone knows someone matching the description I would urge them to contact me."
The thief is believed to be in his mid-40s, about 5ft 9ins, slim build, with a shaved or bald head and a tanned, weathered complexion.
He also wore hoop earrings. He took the money on Saturday April 16. The woman is not sure exactly how much money he took.
And Det Con Dell urged elderly residents, and the family or carers of vulnerable people, to be vigilant against any door-step callers offering their services.
She added: "We don't believe the offender in genuinely an oddjob man.
"However, he has been seen in the area wearing paint stained overalls or carrying items such as tools or pieces of wood that help him keep up the pretence."
Anyone with information is asked to contact Det Con Dell on 0345 113 5000, extension 7934 6318.
Information can also be passed onto police via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.