Bogus caller posing as knife sharpener steals purse of 81-year-old

A CONMAN stole a purse from an elderly lady after tricking her into opening her front door.

The bogus caller knocked on the 81-year-old’s door in Percival Crescent, Hampden Park, at about 5.40pm on July 13.

He asked her if she had any knives or scissors that needed sharpening. When she said no, he asked if he could have a glass of water.

The victim went to the kitchen and returned with a mug of water which he drank before asking for another one.

She returned to the kitchen and while she was there, the suspect stole her purse from her handbag.

The purse contained £30 in cash and a variety of cards.

The man is described as white, in his late 20s or early 30s, tall and slim.

He was clean shaven, spoke with a local accent and was wearing all dark clothing and a cap.

A police spokesman said, “This is a despicable crime, tricking a elderly woman who answered her door and kindly responded to a request for water.

“People need to be cautious of answering the door to strangers.

“Any number of reasons are given to distract residents and we urge people to be extra careful, close the door, check identity and be on guard.”

Anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area at the time, or who recognises the description of the offender is asked to contact police on 101 quoting serial 1379 of 13/7.