CCTV image released in police hunt for conman

CCTV of suspect
CCTV of suspect
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This man is wanted by police after conning an elderly woman out of hundreds of pounds.

The crook tricked his vulnerable victim into trusting him by pretending to be involved with building work that was being done at her home in Hambledon Road, Denmead.

He then managed to persuade her to get a lift with him to Barclays Bank in London Road, Cowplain, where she withdrew £600 from a cashpoint.

The unsuspecting victim then handed over the cash to the trickster at about 3pm on December 11.

On her return, she later discovered several items of jewellery had also been stolen from her home.

Police believe the conman is also responsible for the jewellery theft.

Now police have released this CCTV image of the suspect – which was taken inside the Barclays branch – in the hope of bringing him to justice.

PC Nick Hines is appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

He said: ‘This is another example of unscrupulous criminals targeting an elderly and vulnerable victim.

‘This man has been to the victim’s house and convinced her that he was part of the building work.

‘He has then persuaded her to go all the way into town and give him her money direct from the cash machine.

‘Additionally to this, it transpires that several items of jewellery have been taken from the victim’s house – possibly by the same man, adding the crime of burglary to the theft.

‘This is a despicable crime and we’re keen to find the man responsible.

‘We would ask that members of the public examine the CCTV image carefully, and if they recognise the suspect they should contact us as soon as possible.’

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Nick Hines at Winchester police station on 101 or 0845 0454545.

Alternatively call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555111.