Police are appealing for information and asking residents to be vigilant after a man tricked his way into an elderly woman’s home.
He knocked on the 95-year-old victim’s front door in Cedar Avenue, Tiptree, at 10.30am on Thursday November 10 and said claimed to be looking for the source of a leak.
He then went through her handbag and rooms, before asking if she wanted him to do any shopping for her.
When she declined, he asked for some money in return for cleaning windows. She declined this offer too and he left.
The suspect was described as white, aged around 50 years old and of stocky build.
He was between 5ft 8ins and 5ft 10ins tall, wore a white chunky jumper and a white coat. He carried a clipboard and had a name tag but the victim was unable to see the name on it.
Police would like to speak to anyone who saw a man matching the description in the area at the time and are asking people to be vigilant.
If someone you don’t know knocks at your door always ask for identification – all genuine callers will have ID and won’t mind you asking to see it.
If you’re still not sure, ask them to come back another time and don’t feel pressured into letting someone into your home you don’t want them there.
Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to contact Dc Danielle Markoutsis at Colchester CID on 101.
Alternatively, they can contact independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.