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Warning as bogus caller steals from pensioner, 89.

A BOGUS caller duped a pensioner out of cash after claiming to be a maintenance worker.

The thief knocked on the door of an 89-year-old woman in Throckley, Newcastle, last Thursday and walked into her home as soon as she entered the door.

He walked into the kitchen, where he pretended to carry out maintenance work, but before he left he stole a sum of cash.

Police last night warned homeowners to be vigilant about cold callers.

Det Sgt Ian Paxton, of Northumbria Police, said: "We're doing all we can to trace this man and would urge anyone with information to come forward.

"I'd like to remind residents to never allow people into their home who turn up unexpectedly unless they are happy they are who they claim to be.

"Anyone from a genuine company will be more than happy to show their identification and to have their credentials checked with the relevant organisation."

Police said the thief was around 40 to 45 years old, stocky and unshaven. He was wearing a dark flat cap, glasses, and a long light-coloured trench coat. It is possible he spoke with a foreign accent. Anyone with information should contact Northumbria Police on 0345 604 3043.
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Date:Sep 28, 2009
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