Bogus workman steals cash from Portsmouth pensioner

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CASH was taken from the home of a pensioner in Cosham by a man claiming to be seeking payment for guttering work.

Around £160 in cash was taken from a man aged in his 80s at his home in Medina Road between 3pm and 5pm on Friday.

A man got into the home by claiming that he was there to sort out the guttering, and asked the householder for payment.

The suspect persuaded the victim to hand over the cash he had in his wallet, as well as his cash card and PIN code.

The man left and never returned the cash card, which was later cancelled when the victim’s relatives suspected a crime.

No other money was reported stolen from the cash card.

A suspect was a white man, aged in his mid 20s with short brown hair, large arms and he was wearing a white T-shirt and navy blue trousers.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Charlie Cox said: ‘This was a cowardly crime committed against an elderly man in his own home.

‘The crime occurred at a time of day when there are normally lots of people around in the Medina Road area.

‘Did you see the man described? Do you know this man? Have you seen a man of this description at a cashpoint?

‘This person has no scruples as evidenced by the taking of every penny that the victim had on him.’

Call CID at Fratton Police Station by phoning 101.