Bilton pensioner conned by doorstep caller who stole £200

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POLICE have issued a warning to members of the public to be aware of doorstep caller

The warning comes after a 96-year-old woman had her purse containing £200 stolen by a man who called at her door selling kitchen goods.

The man called at her home in Bilton at around 11am on Wednesday this week offering tea towels and other kitchen wares for sale from a black holdall.

He engaged the woman in conversation as he persuaded her to buy some goods, but when she declined he offered her a free gift of a magnifying glass.

When he had left the woman noticed her purse, which had been on a table in the hallway, and which had £200 inside, was missing.

The man is described as being white, aged in his 60s and was dressed all in black, including a black hat and gloves. He was well built and approximately 5ft 9ins tall.

Police in Rugby are looking at similarities with a bogus caller who stole a black wallet from the handbag of a 93-year old woman in Hillmorton, Rugby in October.

In that incident a tall white male, described a being of a large build and aged in his 70s, called at the woman’s house at around 2.15pm on Thursday 18 October. He said he was selling kitchen items, but she told him she did not want to buy anything.

The man asked for a drink of water and went in to the house to sit down while he drank it.

When he left she found that her wallet, which had been in her handbag was missing. It had contained £40 and a photograph of her dead husband.

Police are reminding householders to be wary of doorstep callers.

· Always put the security chain on before you open the door

· Ask to see their identification. People selling door to door must have a police issued pedlars licence which will have their name address and a photograph on it. A permit to work issued by another organisation is not sufficient

· Do not invite them into your home

· Do not feel pressurised to buy anything, politely decline if you are not interested

· Ask yourself if you really want the item

· Could you get a better deal if you shopped around

Meanwhile police are asking if anyone recognises the description of the man who is believed to have stolen the purse containing £200 from the 96-year old on Wednesday, to contact DC Paul Case in the Local Investigation team at rugby on 01788 856130, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 where the information can be given anonymously.